Focus Area Includes:Sex/Love Addiction
Sex addicts have sex without regard to potential consequences. Sex is used as a quick fix to relieve anxiety, loneliness, abuse or pain, etc. According to the American Association of Marriage and Family therapy, there are approximately 12 million sex addicts in the United States. Sexual addiction manifests itself in different degrees and forms. There are various ways to address sex or love addiction. I use the task based model supported by the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals or IITAP. I help you address the obsessive behaviors that produce sexual compulsions and ruin your ability to experience healthy relationships. If you are experiencing intense sexual impulses or difficulty forming emotional connections, I can help.
After the wedding, the real work begins. Premarital counseling is an excellent way for couples who are contemplating marriage and for those who have set a date to build a solid foundation for the future. You will learn to identify barriers to effective communication and develop healthy conflict resolution skills. Couples learn the art of compromise and the dynamics of understanding the dream that may be missing within a conflict. We will discuss the three killers of a relationship- money, sex and family. Premarital counseling is an extensive 9 -session program that include relationship assessments and helpful budgeting tools.
I am trained in various disciplines of marriage and couples theories such as Gottman, Schnarch & Emotion Focused. Couples counseling is designed to help couples develop skills in resolving conflict and improving communication. I have found that couples have difficulty maneuvering through the challenges associated with blended families, life transitions and pregnancies, just to name a few. My goal is to help clients find tools and techniques that improve their way of connecting and understanding one another, while restoring intimacy and trust.
Life can be stressful and it is not unusual to feel a little anxious every now and then. However, when anxiety that keeps you from performing your best or prevents you from living your life to the fullest can benefit from counseling. Whether it is generalized anxiety, social anxiety or performance anxiety there are methods that can provide ways of managing your distress. Common symptoms of anxiety include; uncontrollable thoughts, worry or fear. Clients often complain of feeling powerless and feelings of dread or impending danger. I have helped individuals understand your symptoms and offer support and solutions for overcoming the symptoms of anxiety.
Depression is a serious condition that affects almost every aspect of a person’s life. Depression can be the result of many things: abuse, medications, conflict, death or loss and substance abuse to name a few. Clients will often complain that what used to bring them joy and peace is no longer effective. There is a sense of being overwhelmed by feelings of emptiness and hopelessness with no desire or ability to “snap out of it”. Depression is a real condition that often requires professional support to overcome. I believe that counseling can help you get out of the rut and out of the dark shadows toward of light and peace of Christ. Individuals with depression will experience difficulty concentrating or memory problems, fatigue, insomnia, irritability and thoughts of suicide, etc. No matter how minor or severe your symptoms are counseling can help you discover ways to manage and overcome depression.
Everyone at some point will find himself or herself in a rut or stuck in a space they find difficult to get out of. Counseling a productive way to process thoughts and feelings that seem to place an individual in a perpetual loop. Challenges such as re-marriage, divorce or job loss to name a few can take a toll on you emotionally and spiritually. Counseling can help you turn these challenges into growth opportunities.