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How I See Therapy
The Therapy Process:
Because you will be putting a good deal of time, money, and energy into therapy, you should choose a therapist carefully, whether for yourself or your family. I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose, and hopeful about the therapy. When you feel this way, therapy is more likely to be very helpful. Let me describe how I see the therapeutic process. My theoretical approach is based on a combination of family systems theory and cognitive behavioral therapy. The most central ideas in my work are that families are a system made up of individual parts. If one part of the system is not functioning properly then the entire system is affected. This can show itself in a variety of ways; a child that is acting out, an adolescent who is taking unusual risks, or a parent disengaging with the rest of the family. My role as the therapist is to assist in returning the family system to its functioning state. This may be through working with the entire family or assisting the family in rearranging their system to accommodate for changes (death of a family member, divorce, etc.).
I also think of my approach to helping people with their problems as an educational one. Often I will employ cognitive behavioral techniques when working with family systems. When working with adolescents and parents these techniques include identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with healthy, positive ones. It’s based on the idea that your own thoughts, not other people/situations, determine how you behave. Children often find it more difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, especially in times of stress. Therefore the cognitive-behavioral techniques used with children often revolve around play. These may include playing with dolls, skill building games, arts/crafts, and storytelling. These techniques allow children to more easily express emotions and feelings through activities they find to be familiar and enjoyable. If you are interested in learning more about either of these therapeutic approaches please let me know. I would be happy to share books, brochures, handouts, etc that can give further information about these techniques.
Conveinently located in The Gates at Laurel Springs and serving the Suwanee, Cumming, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek communities.