Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)
Talking about your personal life with a stranger is an unnerving thought. As an experienced therapist with adults, adolescents and couples, I’ll help you through that first difficult step so that you can move forward to find the solutions you seek. I specialize in helping people to manage strong emotions that interfere with their relationships at home, work or school. If you’re having trouble handling anger, jealousy, impulsivity, anxiety or depression, it’s important to know that there’s a way out. The way out is not by avoiding the situation, “numbing out” with Facebook, video games, alcohol or by working overtime.
Learning better coping skills and taking charge of the situation is the way out. I specialize in helping adults, couples and adolescents deal with issues of family conflict, divorce, infidelity and parenting. I also specialize in working with bullied/bullying teens and with teens who struggle with panic or social anxiety/avoidance.
I have an active style in session and provide focused attention and tailored feedback. My office is located in Monroeville in an attractive, confidential setting. I invite you to call today for an initial phone consultation about how it is that I can help. There is a way out!
Anxiety and Depression
40 million adults in the United States are affected by an Anxiety Disorder. The intense fearful thoughts coupled with the physical symptoms of a panic attack can lead to a trip to your PCP or local Emergency Room. Utilizing CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) I will help you to significantly reduce your fears and assist you in developing healthy coping skills to prevent anxiety from controlling your life.
Some of the Anxiety Disorders which I treat include: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, and Panic Attacks.
Depression often accompanies anxiety and is more widely recognized. Feeling as if things will never change is scary. If you feel like every day just flows into the next without much variation and you tend to see the world around you in a negative light, you may be in the throes of depression. There is a way out, and working together we can address the negative thinking overshadowing your life and start recognizing and help you to start enjoying life again!
Social Discomfort and Effective Communication Skills
Whether you are having discomfort in social situations in your personal life or at work, you and I will work toward developing effective communication skills through feedback, modeling interactions, and reducing fear. Managing strong or intense emotions and their expression to others is an area in which I specialize. Anger or struggling with how to say "no," are issues I can help you to resolve by focusing on your needs and how to get them met.
Men’s Issues – Adults and Teens
Men face increasingly more complicated challenges in navigating their roles today than ever before – the demands of work, of relationships and of fathering can become overwhelming. As men, we have often been socialized to believe that asking for “help” is a weakness rather than the strength that it actually is. Some of the issues that men come to counseling to work on include:
Anger (at work, in relationships, road rage)
Depression (in men, depression can show up as irritability, boredom or lack of motivation)
Work Adjustment Issues/Stress
Relationship Problems (including commitment issues, infidelity, communication skills)
For teen boys, adolescence is a tumultuous time and the challenges of boys learning to become men are significant.
In my counseling work with adolescent males, some of the issues that I specialize in include:
Coping with change in family makeup (divorce, blended families)