Looking for support for yourself or your family?
Do you have concerns about your child or adolescent?
Are you an adult struggling with life changes?
It is not always clear what causes someone to suddenly seem withdrawn, worried, stressed, angry, or tearful. If you feel you or someone you know needs help coping with a difficult life event, trust your instincts. Therapy can help develop problem-solving skills and provide the emotional support during times of need.
Families can benefit from counseling during times of change and transition such as becoming a new mother or father, being in a new relationship, parenting struggles, work stress, divorce, grief and loss, and so forth.
In my practice, I provide families with a safe, supportive environment in which they can learn more effective ways of managing confusing or upsetting emotions.
I use creative hands-on methods to involve individuals in their own treatment and change. Examples of such methods include art, games, stories, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.
I provide support and counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and their families. I work with individuals who are struggling with the following types of difficulties:
- Postpartum depression and the "Baby Blues"
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders
- Medical family therapy *support around illness)
- Parenting Support
- ADHD (Adult and Child)
- Anger management
- Low self-esteem
- Grief and loss
- Adjustment to a loss (death; divorce; family relocation, etc.)
- Social skills deficit
- Family discord and Relationship challenges
Signs that your someone may benefit from therapy include:
- learning or attention problems (such as ADHD)
- behavioral problems
- a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally has high grades
- episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
- social withdrawal or isolation
- being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
- decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- overly aggressive behavior (verbal or physical)
- sudden changes in appetite
- insomnia or increased sleepiness
- excessive school absenteeism or tardiness
- mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)
- signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use
- problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
- bereavement issues
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
- MFTs are unique because they are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems, which allows them to focus on understanding client symptoms in the context of the relational interactions that influence behavior. The problem does not define the client but rather is a symptom of his or her system.
- MFTs work with individuals, couples and families. Whoever the client, MFTs view problems from a relationship perspective.
- Family-based therapy is a powerful model for change. Research has shown that family-based interventions such as those utilized by MFTs are as effective as– and in many cases more effective than– alternative therapies, often at a lower cost.
- MFTs work with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression, relationship problems, anxiety, affective (mood) disorders, substance abuse, and more. Find out more about specific clinical issues by reviewing AAMFT’s Therapy Topics online.
- MFTs apply a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
- MFTs practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Over 65% of cases are completed within 20 sessions and over 87% by 50 sessions.