• Change unconstructive patterns of thinking.
Painful emotions often result from the way one interprets events and interactions. Through cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented techniques, I help patients recognize their customary ways of viewing themselves and others and modify patterns that contribute their difficulties.
• Build social support
Social isolation and relationship conflict are often significant components of emotional distress. I focus on strengthening current relationships, learning more effective strategies for communicating and resolving conflict, and identifying ways of developing new relationships.
• Improve coping skills
An important aspect of therapy is learning to develop behavioral patterns that support emotional health. I emphasize the importance of stress-reducing activities such as exercise and meditation, and strategies for coping when faced with heightened distress.
• Enhance well-being and life satisfaction
Effective therapy focuses on enhancing positive experiences as well as reducing symptoms and distress. I help my patients identify and maximize their strengths and discover ways to build a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.
I help couples reach a shared understanding of their conflicts and greater awareness of the context or triggers for their difficulties. This increased awareness typically fosters greater mutual acceptance and empathy. We work on developing specific communication and conflict resolution strategies. In addition, I strive to help couples recognize their strengths and build on the positives so that their relationship is more resilient in the face of stress. I often give assignments between sessions to help a couple take concrete steps toward building a more satisfying relationship. If you are interested in couple therapy for ADHD, please see the “Areas of Special Expertise” section.