Solving Personal People Problems
I treat people dealing with life and developmental struggles and prefer not to view personal problems as medical problems. This means that each person’s behavior originally had a purpose in their family of origin, which no longer functions well in current circumstances. For example, we may have experienced relationships in our family of origin as difficult. Later in life, especially in a marriage, the same experience can lead to anger, a passive reaction, or to outright avoidance. Each of us learns strategies to cope in our upbringing and we consequently develop lifelong emotional reactions.
Our work together fosters healthy methods of working out emotional reactions and solving real problems. The foundation of my work lies in the attachment literature of John Bowlby and in modern neuroscience. My work is active and engaging of your resources. It is not pedantic or passively analytic. We work as a team to understand the nature of the problem and to build a plan to change. This approach is especially fruitful in my specialty area of couples work.
How I Work
I like working with people, and I like seeing people change and grow. My practice includes people who describe themselves as anxious, depressed, or having relationship difficulties. I work with individuals, couples, and families.