Life may feel overwhelming right now, especially with the coronavirus changing so much of our lives. Those feelings are normal, especially as we spend more time “social distancing” at home with our families. But it helps to be able to reach out for help when you need it, whether you’re looking for a way to make it through this crisis or whether you’re interested in working through other issues.
Life is about patterns. You do the same things repeatedly because they help you function in your daily life without needing to concentrate on every little thing you do. That helps you in many ways, but it can also push you and your family apart. Without knowing how you got there, you might wake up one day wondering who your partner really is or what happened to your kids. That happens to the best of families, and it leaves even the most successful people dumbfounded about how to make things right again. That’s where therapy comes in — I help couples and families build new patterns that bring you together again.
I use a strengths-oriented, systems-based approach. Sure, we’ll explore the problems that bring you to therapy, but we’ll also focus on the strengths you already have. I’m slow to diagnose because it’s not needed in many cases; often, the problem is more about what’s happened to you rather than what’s “wrong” with you or your family.
I’ve been in private practice since 2010; before that, I was on the Community Psychiatric Support Team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for three years. I’m a trained group leader in the Incredible Years parenting program, and I’m a columnist for Columbus Parent magazine.