It takes courage to ask for professional help. You might feel anxious or overwhelmed and are looking for someone highly experienced for short- or long-term counseling. With my practical, collaborative approach, you can move from stuck to unstuck and learn empowering strategies for managing life's stresses, including mindfulness skills if desired.
My expertise includes working with people ages 18+ facing life transitions (entering or leaving college, career decisions, marriage, divorce, "empty nest").
In addition, I offer compassion-based therapy for people (and their family members) who are stabilized in recovery from addiction and want to maintain sobriety.
As a writer, musician, and award-winning author of two books, Charlotte and the Quiet Place and Breaking Free from Addiction, I'm passionate about helping artistic people manage anxiety and overcome creative blocks. Negative inner talk and unresolved family-of-origin issues can interfere with manifesting one's potential.
I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and motivational approaches to guide people toward more happiness, less stress, more acceptance, and an increased sense of control over their lives. I am known for my warmth, flexibility, and creativity in treatment approaches.
My office is in Newton Highlands; my rate is $150 for a 45-minute session. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield but no other insurance. Please use the contact page if you would like to schedule an appointment.
What is mindfulness anyway? My favorite definition is from Amy Saltzman, MD: "Noticing what’s happening right here and now in a friendly, curious way, then choosing what to do next.” Sounds simple, right? But being present in the moment is often a challenge when we're distracted by so many demands, expectations, and distractions—both internal and external. Kids, too, often find it hard to settle their minds in our stimulation-saturated culture.
Mindfulness programs for kids are sprouting up in schools and after-school facilities and I couldn't be happier to know that children are finding strategies for slowing down, tuning in, and finding a quiet place inside.
But what about parents? If they're too stressed out or bubbling over with anxious or worried energy themselves, that energy seeps into the home and makes it hard for anyone to relax.
That's why I've developed a mindfulness program for the whole family. In this series, you will learn fun, practical skills that you and your child(ren) (ages 5 and up) can use for the present moment, and for a lifetime. Although quieting the mind can be considered spiritual in many ways, there is no religious component to this practice. You might think of it as stress management for the whole family, and a lot more.
Families may choose a program customized to their individual needs. We start with an introductory session just with the parent(s), then an initial family session, followed by 45-minute family sessions and follow-ups (minimum of four recommended). Each session includes specific lessons and easy, fun mindfulness skills to practice at home for maximum benefit. For a sample schedule, click here.
Mindfulness for Families sessions are not covered by insurance. The rate is $200 for the initial parent session; $150 per 45-minute family session (add $50 if in-home visit). If you are interested in learning more, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your family's needs and goals. Home visits may be arranged depending on schedule availability and distance. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org use the contact page on this site.