Are you or your teen stuck in anxiety or sadness? I help figure out what is triggering the yuck, get you unstuck and thriving again.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Herndon, VA
Living and loving as a couple can be very wonderful and also SO EXTREMELY HARD. Asking for help to improve or save your relationship is very scary. I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy where it is believed that individual attachment styles inform how you relate in a couple. I help you and your partner identify the maladaptive ways in which you have been communicating and teach you healthy steps to improve and enhance your relationship.
I have studied CBT to help very anxious clients find success. Clients work to identify faulty thoughts which get in the way of their perceptions and thus hold them back from achieving goals. CBT can be structured and and help organize clients who would otherwise fail to move forward finding themselves crippled by anxiety.
I have studied Attachment Theory in the guise of my adoption work. Many adopted children have struggled with making successful attachments to their adopted families and/or in subsequent relationships as they mature due to the break in their original attachment object, their birth mother. A child can also have attachment difficulties if the parent is not emotionally available, is abusive, mentally ill or an addict.
Grief and loss is prevalent in much of life: death, divorce, abandonment, adoption. It is painful and can interrupt healthy development. I work with my clients to acknowledge the pain and find ways to have joy despite terrible loss.
Being part of the adoption triad can be complicated. There can be an extraordinary amount of love, but there is also a huge amount of loss. Many adopted kids feel the loss, but don't understand it nor know how to articulate it. Who am I? Why was I given up? We discuss these issues in a loving and safe space. Working with the parents helps them understand their child's struggles and learn that this is not a rejection of their love, but a necessary part of the adoption process.
I empathize with the struggles of adolescence; academic, peer and family stress are a recipe for anyone to want a good therapist. My philosophy is to help adolescents understand that they are not in this alone. All teens struggle with identity and most struggle with some form of anxiety or depression, but they don't see it on their peers. I tell my clients that they are comparing their insides with others' outsides. The mask can be deceiving, but talking about it can be healing.