Fear or anxiety is a common, evolutionary emotion. At times, anxiety can serve to help us identify and protect ourselves in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, when it feels like our alarm bells are going off constantly, it can be exhausting, and we can find ourselves avoiding parts of our lives, just to maintain feelings of safety. Anxiety disorders include a range of different disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Selective Mutism (SM), Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Separation Anxiety Disorder. I will work with you to help you systematically overcome these fears. Anxiety disorders are both incredibly common, and treatable.
Feeling sad as a response to an upsetting or stressful situation in life is a normal, healthy response. However, for many, this sadness is better categorized as depression, a chronic and intense feeling of sadness that is not a result of an external set of factors. Depression can result in changes such as a disruption in sleeping or eating (typically sleeping or eating more or less than is considered “normal”) or a lessening of energy or interest in activities that used to be pleasurable. Depression may look different for each person and includes different types such as persistent depressive disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. Children and adolescents can also experience prolonged periods of sadness and irritability and parents may notice changes in their eating, energy and sleeping. I work with patients and their children to help them correctly identify and manage their emotional experience, and find excitement and pleasure in experiences and relationships previously enjoyed.
It can be extremely challenging to parent a child, adolescent, or young adult who is suffering or struggling. Often, common sense techniques or the ones suggested by well-intentioned friends are insufficient in meeting the unique needs of a child who is struggling. Over time, this cycle of negative interactions can leave both parents and their children feeling frustrated and even at times hopeless. This is where our work comes in. Together in therapy, we will tackle things limit setting, and ways to support your children as we work to build your child’s independence and success. Parent training is a behavioral approach aimed to build your skill set to manage challenging child behaviors. My focus is on building skills, providing strategies and helping you feel empowered to manage your child’s needs on a daily basis.
Executive functioning refers to higher-level cognitive functions that include attention, flexibility, inhibitory control, initiation, organization, planning, self-monitoring, and working memory. I offer executive functioning tutoring to help individuals who are struggling to get work done, feel like they frequently lose track of time and materials, have difficulty maintaining focus on a task, and completing tasks in a discrete amount of time.