Individual Therapy

1440288400Life is full of many emotions - positive and negative.  When we let the negative feelings take over our daily life, it can cause stress and anxiety.  Individual therapy provides a safe environment to talk through any issues and concerns, and learn effective ways to cope on a daily basis.  

Our sessions together will:

  • Identify any traumatic experiences and painful emotions and behaviors that are preventing you from living a full life
  • Provide you with new tools and support strategies for controlling negative thoughts and urges
  • Enable you to discover your inner strength and courage, so that you can get your life back
  • Help you recognize the triggers for your depression and anxiety
  • Break the cycle of unhealthy eating, and empower you to make peace with food

It takes one phone call to get the help you need, and the positive results will last a lifetime.

Adolescent Therapy

2209185Working with families is an important part of the healing process.  Every family has a unique culture, set of beliefs, and behaviors that contributes to the development of each family member.  It is important to recognize, and address, family issues when dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety and eating issues. 

Working with Adolescents
With adolescents who are struggling, it is especially important to first recognize that teens are going through a very delicate stage of life.  Their hormones are changing, they are struggling with their self-identity, and they have a great need to belong.  All of these normal stressors can lead to anxiety, depression, eating disorders and a distorted view of self.  

Therefore, my sessions with adolescents focus on teaching them practical life strategies, and giving them the tools they need to cope with their thoughts and negative feelings. In addition, we discuss old beliefs that contribute to - and maintain - the negative eating behaviors and poor self image, in order to identify other unresolved issues that may be exacerbating the situation. By doing this, they can then be free from such negativity and start moving forward towards feeling better about themselves and their lives. 

Often times, when a teenager is struggling in this way, family therapy can be very helpful, so that everyone who is being affected can receive support and learn how to effectively cope with this delicate situation.

I would love to schedule an appointment with you, so that we can determine the best course of action for your teenager.

Couples Therapy

Creating a Happier & Healthier Relationship

8830402Do you feel like your partner is not really "hearing" you?
Are you left with feelings of resentment and anger?
Do you want your relationship to be better/stronger/more loving?

Years of unresolved conflicts eventually damage the couple’s feelings of trust and safety. In couples counseling I offer a safe environment to identify and work on healing long term unhealthy patterns.

In the beginning when couples are seeking a counselor, one or both may be feeling hurt, distrustful, angry or unheard.  Often a couple’s focus is on the situations creating surface problems.

 

  • Fighting
  • Ex Spouse
  • Addictions
  • Infidelity 
  • Financial problems


Counseling can help by identifying, and resolving, the much deeper underlying issues so that you can maintain a loving partnership. All relationships take work, and together you can learn the basic tools that healthy relationships rely on. I have successfully counseled couples for two decades and find that my years of experience enables me to quickly get a clear picture of the issues so that I can support the couple as they move toward a happier, healthier relationship.

Rapid Resolution Therapy

Are You Stuck in Painful Memories, Harmful Patterns or Negative Beliefs About Yourself and the World?

Are you struggling with the after-effects of trauma, such as childhood neglect or abuse, assault, an accident or another physically, emotionally and mentally distressing event? Or, are you experiencing anger, shame, guilt, fear and alarming memories, but you can’t explain why? Are anxiety, panic, phobias and stress interrupting your ability to engage in the present moment and feel at ease? Maybe you are facing issues in your familial, friendly or romantic relationships, such as divorce or separation, an infidelity, disconnection, lack of trust, communication challenges or loneliness. If you have recently experienced the loss of a relationship, job or loved one, you may feel overwhelmed by grief and unable to believe that life can have meaning again. Perhaps you are binge eating, restricting calories or over-exercising, even though you worry about the impact that disordered eating can have on the body.

Traumatic, intense or challenging experiences can linger for years or decades, manifesting in ways we don’t expect or struggle to recognize. Maybe you face two or more of these issues at once, along with other difficult emotions or challenges, including low self-esteem, negative self-talk or compulsive habits. Or, you might just feel bad without knowing why. Does it seem as though nothing has helped you find lasting relief – not even traditional talk therapy? Do you wish you could find an effective, efficient way to feel more empowered, relaxed and uplifted?

Trauma Can Present in Surprising Ways
If you are struggling with hurt, confusion and exhaustion, you are not alone. Sometimes, the after-effects of trauma can make us feel paralyzed, worthless or hopeless and prevent us from living the life we want. You might feel as though this is just the way you are, or just the way life goes for you. But, it doesn’t have to be. Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) works with both the conscious and sub-conscious mind to resolve painful experiences completely, allowing you the freedom to move forward with self-assurance and reclaim your life.

Rapid Resolution Therapy is an innovative, holistic approach to treating relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief, compulsive disorders and – especially ­– trauma. Traumatic events can have a significant impact on an individual’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, in both the short-term and the long-term. Often, the brain cannot process significant trauma on its own. Although your traumatic experience is over – perhaps so far in the past that you don’t now recognize it as trauma – and your conscious mind might know it is no longer happening, your unconscious mind may be stuck in the distressing sensations, images and emotions you experienced in the past, and it may still seem as though they are happening. For example, if you were neglected as a child, you may consciously recognize that you now can create safety and stability in your life. However, if you have not fully processed the trauma of neglect, it may be stuck in your unconscious mind, making you feel very real feelings of uncertainty, fear, loneliness or the desire to please others. Similarly, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, anger issues and relationship challenges are just some of the many ways that past traumas might be appearing in your life today.

Regardless of what you are going through or how you feel today, there is hope to discover a new sense of overall wellbeing and freedom. With the help of an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate therapist, you can process past trauma and feel equipped to engage with a brighter future, without dwelling in the pain of the past.

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Rapid Resolution Therapy Can Bring You Immediate, Long-Term Relief

Unlike many other forms of treatment, Rapid Resolution Therapy can offer you positive results in just one session. No matter what challenges you are facing or how stuck you feel, RRT is a highly effective, innovative way to let go of buried trauma, resolve negative feelings and find lasting healing.
 
In sessions, I will work to build a trusting, connected therapeutic relationship so you can feel supported and understood. Then, I will engage you in a series of relaxation techniques that address both the conscious and unconscious mind. When you are relaxed and present in the session, it becomes easier to work on issues on a deeper level and find resolution. RRT involves storytelling and narratives, rich with visual imagery that connects to various parts of the mind. These sorts of narratives can help your brain receive and process information in a new, uplifting ways. Enjoyable, engaging guided imagery is another significant component of RRT.

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Trauma Resolution

Are You Struggling With Difficult Emotions, Thoughts and Memories?

Do you feel anxious, on-edge, depressed, angry or ashamed, and wonder why?
Have you experienced something traumatic and are now plagued with flashbacks, fear and a sense that the event was your fault?

Maybe you are encountering issues and conflict in your career or relationships. You might find that you can’t trust others or allow yourself to be open and vulnerable in relationships. Or, maybe you rely on your loved ones too much, and this codependency is straining your relationships and diminishing your self-esteem. Perhaps you are struggling with substance abuse, addictions or an eating disorder, and although your compulsive behaviors lead to temporary relief, you worry that you are broken in some way. Do you feel as though your emotions are out of your control, especially if you can’t stop yourself from shutting down or lashing out? Do you wish you could feel more comfortable around others and better equipped to handle internal and external struggles?
 
Living with the aftereffects of trauma can be an isolating, confusing and overwhelming experience. You may feel very lonely and wonder why everyone else seems able to form the kinds of lasting, healthy relationships that elude you. Perhaps your emotions alarm you, and you sometimes find yourself exploding in anger, which only does further damage to your relationships or career. Even if know that you suffered a trauma in your life, you still might question if trauma is the source of your current issues, especially if it occurred a long time ago. You also might wonder if this is just the way life is and question if it is even possible to find relief.

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Trauma therapy can help you resolve the pain of the past.
You don’t have to feel isolated, alone and stuck anymore.

I invite you to call me at 281-693-1455 for a free, 15-minute phone consultation. 
You can ask me any questions you may have about trauma therapy and my practice. 

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Eating Disorders

Are Food, Weight and Body Image Issues Controlling
Your Life?

  • Do you feel stressed and dissatisfied about your weight and body-image?
  • Do you find yourself binge eating, restricting your calories, exercising or purging?
  • Has food become an obsession that intrudes on your ability to engage in important activities, relationships or experiences, even when you wish to feel present and relaxed?

Maybe you avoid gatherings or events because you worry about what food will be present or what people might think about your body. You may try everything and work very hard to achieve your ideal weight, but end up feeling frustrated, ashamed or angry when your goals seem beyond your reach. Perhaps your friends, family members or co-workers have negatively commented on your weight, which reinforces your damaging belief that you’re not good enough and causes feelings of humiliation and resentment. Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed and wish your weight did not define you? Or, does it sometimes seem as though your weight is the only thing that makes you special?  Do you wish you could let go of your obsession with food and feel free to live a more productive, satisfying and balanced life?

Struggling with constant thoughts about food, calories and your body can be a frustrating, isolating and anxious experience. Maybe you haven’t resolved distressing emotions from a past trauma and feel irritable and on-edge, unable to feel at ease or comfortable in your own skin. Maybe you only achieve momentary relief when you refuse eating, binge or purge. Perhaps you have begun to feel guilty about the long-term consequences that your body is enduring, especially if you are experiencing heart palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, high or low blood pressure, digestion issues or other symptoms of weight loss or weight gain, which may be very alarming and scary to deal with. You might feel overwhelmed by stressors in your life and turn to food or restriction in order to feel a sense of control. Maybe you wish you could just live one day without constant thoughts about weight, food, calories and exercise. You may feel torn between a desire to free yourself from your eating disorder and a fear about what confronting your challenges might mean.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Can Help You Really Live Again 
No matter how helpless and hopeless you may feel today, change is possible.

I invite you to call me at 281-693-1455 for a free, 15-minute phone consultation.

Eating Disorder Q&A

Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders—such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders—include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for men and women.1444404928

Knowing the factors that contribute to eating disorders, and learning about the various types of disorders can help you understand yourself and your behaviors, so that you can begin to heal!

ANOREXIA
Anorexia is not simply a refusal to eat.  

Anorexia is:

  • Preceded by very strict dieting and weight loss
  • Distorted image of one's body weight, size, or shape 
  • Lack of self-care
  • Extreme guilt and low self worth
  • Fear of the demand of  adulthood.
  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Refusal to maintain  a normal body weight
  • Social difficulties
  • Problem with separation and individuation
  • May restrict other parts of their lives, such as relationships and social activities.

BULIMIA
With bulimia there is a preoccupation with shape, weight, and body image as a source self-esteem.

Additional indicators are:

  • Feeling out of control in other areas of their lives.
  • In addition to food, they may spend money excessively, abuse drugs or alcohol, or engage in chaotic relationships.
  • Exhibits impulsive behavior, moodiness and depression.

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BINGE EATING
The key difference between binge eating and conscious overindulgence is the distinctive feeling that the food is more powerful than you.

Binge eating involves:

  • Consuming large amounts of food even though you are not physically hungry
  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until you are uncomfortably full
  • Eating alone or in secret
  • Feeling disconnected during a binging episode (also referred to as a “zombie” feeling)
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed, and/or guilty after overeating

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