Relationships are very important to me.  It’s important to have friends and family to share the good times and the bad.  It’s comforting to know that you have a solid support system.  In addition, it’s enjoyable to share the fun and adventure of life with others.

Happy, healthy relationships are crucial
for everyone’s happiness and well-being.

But relationships can be challenging.  Sometimes relationships are so challenging that people choose not to have them.

So, one of the main goals of my work is helping clients have the kinds of relationships that are truly satisfying for them.  However, a good relationship begins with you.  What kind of relationship do you have with yourself?  Are you kind to yourself or over-critical?  Do you take good care of yourself or neglect yourself?  Together we will work towards improving all of the relationships in your life.


Self-esteem is having realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself.  Our self-esteem may go up and down at times, but without a basic foundation of self-esteem, life can be very difficult.  Low self-esteem can have a negative effect on your work, your relationships, and your functioning in daily life.  Low self-esteem can get in the way of you taking care of yourself or trying things that are unfamiliar or difficult.  In this way, low self-esteem puts self-imposed limitations on your life.  People who suffer from low self-esteem often also experience anxiety and depression.

In therapy, we will come to understand how you developed this negative view of yourself and work towards replacing those beliefs with a realistic respect for or favorable impression of yourself.


The theory behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that your thoughts affect your behavior.

Your thoughts can criticize you and discourage you into paralysis or they can comfort you and encourage you to keep moving.

Your mind is a powerful tool! 

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we investigate and discover the thoughts that are causing problems for you and replace those thoughts with more productive thoughts.  Whether the problem is anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or whatever you’re struggling with, there are always thoughts that are keeping those problems alive.

Developing new ways of thinking can bring about powerful transformations and solutions to your problems.  In addition, new thoughts can actually lay down new neural pathways in the brain!  I have personally experienced the power of a new thought shifting the way I felt and altering the way I behaved, in the blink of a realization.  There is more than one way to think about every situation.  Discover a new perspective that sets you free.


It’s a fancy title for a very common human experience.  Existential Therapy focuses on the issues of existence that every human being struggles with on either a conscious or an unconscious level.  The first issue is death.  Another issue is meaning.  I assist people in talking about these important issues.  Working through these issues can reduce the fear of dying, help people find meaning and joy in their lives, and have healthier relationships.

The degree to which we face death is the degree to which we face life.
– Irving Yalom


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