Direct one-on-one treatment with the therapist. Trust is the keystone to treatment and is instilled here to explore core issues. While this modality only incorporates the therapist and the client, I create a space where we are both active participants in the treatment planning and execution. There is an elegance to serving up intentions and interventions – my style is one that honors this timing, as I meet the client where they have the greatest needs and then delve into other areas as the trust deepens.
Includes the couple and therapist in collaboration on goals, which often centers on strengthening communication, connection, and compatibility. I believe couples, whether they are dating, partnered or married – and regardless of sexual orientation – should have their own space to deepen their connection. As one of only two clinicians chosen for the Clinical Fellowship at Northwestern’s The Family Institute, I received extensive training on managing high-conflict couples, infidelity, the complex spectrum of the divorce, and domestic violence by renowned senior clinicians. Due to the multifaceted dynamics at play in a couple, my training lends itself to being able to adeptly manage what can be a very challenging process.
Any part of the family system can come together to work on a shared goal. Oftentimes, family dynamics are intricate, so treatment is focused on identifying those patterns and relating to each other in new and effective ways. I work with all hybrids of the family system; blended families and those families navigating divorce are areas of specialization. Because I have extensive experience with children, I am also able to consult with parents on how to translate times of great transition to their children in ways that are age-appropriate.
Children and their parents are naturally curious about what motivates and changes behaviors – what is behind their thoughts and feelings. Beginning as young as five years old, I tailor treatment activities to each child to unlock their thoughts and emotions, in addition to sourcing further recommendations that enable them to reach their potential. Because each child is unique, I tailor our sessions to the specific needs of the child.
Identity formation is a hallmark of this stage. The power of providing a safe space in therapy cultivates healthy decision-making and turns this process into action. Treatment typically follows an Individual therapy format, but parents are a part of the process as supporters of the change they hope to see in their children. Because this age is slow to trust, I ask the parents and teens to commit to meeting consistently and allow ample time for a relationship to form in the context of the therapeutic space.
Pre and Post-Divorce Mediation
An Efficient, Child-Centered Consultation Service
Navigating the logistics of family life throughout a divorce (and after) can be challenging, and many parents find themselves at a loss because they don’t have a blueprint for a healthy path forward. As a Parent Coordinator, I merge my background and skills in Family Therapy and Mediation. I am a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and have received expert training through their Parent Coordinator programming on high-conflict resolution. Together, we create clear goals, anticipate future obstacles, and remain child-focused. This process takes many forms, but is foremost meant to be efficient and short-term. Collaboration with legal parties including judges, Child Custody Evaluators, and other mental health professionals when necessary to expedite the process.