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HOW IS IT ALL SO HARD?


I have had the privilege of developing deep relationships with many families over the last 14 years as I established my career as a psychologist in private practice. I’ve worked with teenagers and school-age kids and little ones as young as two. I’ve met with children with special needs and their devoted, exhausted yet tireless parents; with families going through divorce or loss, as well as those going through the struggles of joining and blending with another family in remarriage. I’ve seen young kids grow into teenagers and beyond as they and their families have continued to meet with me for support over the course of a decade. I’ve helped families dealing with trauma and those just dealing with the everyday problems of life. Because, you know what?


IT’S SO HARD. Even when things go right, and certainly when they don't. For all of us.


This is why I have decided to branch out and provide an additional service, along with my traditional psychotherapy services, of parent and family coaching. I have loved my many years of doing therapy, a process that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of symptoms of mental illness, as well as the understanding of the factors (environmental and familial and internal and otherwise) that helped get a person to the place where they are. Then, in therapy, we slowly, often painstakingly, try to unwind those factors, create new perspectives and realities, and develop coping skills that help the individual or family become stronger and healthier. It is important work that has helped so many people survive and thrive.


Coaching, on the other hand, is a process that reaches beyond the realm of mental and emotional illness and into the sphere of everyday behavior. Coaches certainly care about a person’s history and background, but coaches focus on the present and the  immediate future, and their goal is to help solve the problems that everyday life presents. Coaching acknowledges that a person doesn’t have to have mental illness to be worn down by the demands of living. Coaching highlights the fact that life, even when it generally goes the way it should, is still not simple. We all need help. 

No one has all the answers, but as a trained psychologist, I have the skills to help you formulate the questions you need to ask and figure out what options are available for every parenting and family dilemma. Yes, I am trained to know what the experts have to say about everything from sleep training to teen vaping; however, through my therapy practice, I have also shared in the experiences of hundreds of families who have showed me what actually works in real life to ease family challenges. It's all so hard, yes, but there are ways to make it easier. 


You have heard my story now. I invite you to schedule an appointment so I can hear yours, as well as your questions and concerns about your children and family life. Together, we can try to smooth the way forward. 


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