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Adult psychotherapy provides us with the opportunity to use our adult thinking to reconsider conclusions we made as children. A developmental, attachment-informed perspective helps us understand underlying anxiety, stress, and relationship difficulties and how they manifest in everyday life.

If Aristotle was right, that "we are what we repeatedly do," then we can be hopeful, for we can figure out how to "do" differently. Through the psychotherapy process we find new ways to approach old difficulties and find choice where none was apparent.

Children (0 to 6 and their parents)

Children come to therapy for a variety of reasons. They may need help adjusting to overwhelming change, such as adoption, separation, divorce, moving, birth of a sibling, or death of a loved one. They may have undergone traumatic experiences, such as abuse or witnessing violence, neglect, foster or institutional care, or medical trauma.

As overwhelming change and trauma is from the point of view of the child, sometimes it is hard to realize the extent of distress that the child is feeling. Children, even babies and toddlers, may show their distress through changes in calming, eating, sleeping, or toileting. They may be wound up and aggressive, or withdrawn and constricted. Other children may have difficulty getting along with others and following rules. They may be irritable or explosive, teary, apathetic, or sad. 

For these challenging times

Here are some stories for very young children to help them make sense of their feelings.  Please click on the links:

 The Very Watchful Person:  A narrated story about children who are perturbed about events in the world

 For a Very Long Time:  A story about COVID and returning to child care (unnarrated)

  When Something Bad Happens: A narrative that addresses a traumatic event (unnarrated)


Raising children is hard enough when everything is in place -- when we have enough money, support, stability, education, and when we were raised well ourselves.

But when something goes awry, or we are trying to raise our children differently than we were raised -- or when depression, stress, or fear gets in the way, or when we or our children are undergoing something stressful -- parenting can seem impossible.

Parents seek assistance for lots of reasons, sometimes clear, sometimes less clear. I have many years of experience talking with parents to figure things out. Most parenting concerns are billable to insurance.

Parent Support

Developmental Guidance

Parent Psychotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy combines deep relaxation with guided imagery. It promotes confidence in our ability to take charge of and heal our own body and mind. It is a very effective, non-intrusive means for treating body-based stress reactions. Through hypnotherapy we can deal with issues such as eating, sleeping, pain, digestion, inflammation, and anxiety.

Children can learn to use imagery for anxiety, sleep, constipation, tics, pain, and other body-based concerns. Parents can learn techniques to help their children as well as themselves.

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