Anxiety is endemic in our culture and our families today. Some anxiety is ok but when we have too much, we begin to shut down or become ill, unproductive and unhappy. Many of the clients and families that I've worked with have struggled with anxiety. I can provide support, mindfulness training and even humor as individuals move through anxiety into a more settled place.
Parenting can be difficult and often our children are different from us or from what we expected. The culture in our area often focuses excessively on academic performance and college admissions and we have video games and social media to address. I have worked with many parents to identify the uniqueness in their children and then find ways to build resilience as the children move towards independence. I have personal parenting experience with four very different children and have been a member of the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series committee for many years.
I have worked three years in schools and one year in a family clinic where I saw many families in conflict. Conflict is painful in families and can be exacerbated by acculturation difficulties, special needs children, a weak marital bond, financial problems, etc. I have studied family systems therapies and have a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology.