I work with a broad spectrum of individuals as well as couples and families, and have additional training in the specialty areas listed below. I also work with all forms of addictions, including compulsive gambling, sexual addictions, and eating disorders. I have helped battered women, trauma victims and sexual abuse survivors. I belong to the Employee Assistance Programs Association and treat workplace related problems. I also work with adult children caring for aging parents with problems such as long-term disability or Alzheimer's.
ADDICTIONS, DUAL DIAGNOSIS AND CODEPENDENCY:
As an Addictions specialist, I use a "12-Step" approach to dealing with the problems associated with alcoholism, drug addiction, and related family issues. I encourage participation in "12-Step" meetings, but I am willing to work with people who are not attending meetings. I use my own experience in recovery as a basis for understanding the problem of addiction and codependency.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION:
I work with many people who have problems such as anxiety and panic attacks, or depression. I am an affiliate of the Midwest Center for Anxiety and Depression. I use a structured cognitive-behavioral approach to give my clients the tools to alleviate the symptoms of panic attacks, to reduce stress, and to teach assertiveness. In addition, I help uncover any issues that may be underlying your anxiety.
ADD AND ADHD:
I specialize in social skills training, coaching behavioral changes, and dealing with the family problems associated with this problem. I have trained with both leading experts in this field, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. David Barkley.
I enjoy working with teens on issues related to transitioning from childhood to adulthood. This can be a very difficult time for both the teen and the family. Having an unrelated adult to confide in allows the teen to open up in a safe environment. Family counseling can often ease the tensions that develop as teens grow and try on new roles and identities.