therapy for adolescents and their families, individuals, and couples

Welcome

The Name
“Family” is in the name of my practice because I believe that family members often play a critical role in the discovery and implementation of solutions to an individual’s problems. In particular, in the treatment of adolescents, substantive and lasting change is difficult without the consistent and committed involvement of other family members. And "WORK" is in the title because effective therapy is not easy; clinician and clients must work hard together. This collaboration is critical to making positive change.

A Different Approach
Availability and flexibility, when possible and appropriate, are the aspects of my approach to therapy that make it different from the approaches of many of my colleagues. While regular weekly appointments may be most effective in some therapeutic relationships, more or less frequent meetings can be more helpful in others. Sometimes, meeting more often, learning new strategies, and taking time to evaluate their efficacy before meeting again is more efficient and effective. Flexibility in treatment planning is important. My clients are invited to reach out between appointments with questions, concerns, and ideas.  I am, of course, not always available, but can often be reached by text or email to problem-solve, arrange a session sooner than planned, or reschedule.

I use a fluid definition of family, and often include family members in treatment, particularly when the primary client is an adolescent.  I believe it is important to gather information from family members, partners, and even close friends when treating an individual.  I use a systems approach: even if an individual is able to change, if the family environment doesn’t change, lasting improvement is difficult to sustain.

What I Know
From decades of working with clients, I understand the enormous challenges and pressures people face. I know that some lack the confidence and sense of self they need to make healthy choices and communicate effectively. Often they do not know where to turn to get the support and understanding needed to make changes for the better. I know that difficulties such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, self-harm, school struggles, and relationship breakdowns can all be the unfortunate result.

What I Do
I bring important tools to work on each family’s challenges: excellent education, decades of effective clinical work, compassion, personal experience, creativity, and humor. I use them all on behalf of every client. I recognize that you will also bring essential tools to the WORKshop. You may need help identifying, sharpening, and using them effectively. You may also need new tools. The therapy will be most productive and efficient when we work together.

Come, bring your tools.  Be prepared to work hard at better communication, understanding, and relationships.