As a Marriage and Family Therapist for more than three decades, I have been able to help thousands of Harrisburg area families navigate challenging issues with grace and learn to succeed together by valuing the contributions of each individual.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania I accept all major insurance, and hold advanced continuing education certifications in marriage and family, drug and alcohol, addictions and behavioral health counseling. At the heart of my work is a desire to see individuals and families experience healthy, fulfilling relationships both within the family and beyond.
But we all need to learn to love others and to be loved in return. The good news is that love is not simply a feeling, but a skill that can be learned and practiced, and families who learn love as a skill can encounter one another in healthier, more intelligent ways.
I provide solution-focused therapy, working to identify what is really happening in family relationships, and moving towards clear solutions that work for the whole family.
This enables me to avoid seeing one person in the family as the “problem” to be “fixed”, but rather to engage the whole family in providing an environment in which all members can thrive.
Every family is unique. Each family has its own quirks and personality, its own traditions, daily challenges and expectations. In some cases, a rigid family culture can develop with well-defined roles expressed either implicitly or explicitly for each member.
Increasingly, families come in unexpected shapes and sizes, from young couples learning to raise their first child and still find time for each other, to mixed families where both Mom and Dad bring children from a previous relationship. It can be difficult for family members to find their place in the family.
Sometimes members can go unnoticed, with needs for affirmation, acceptance, or even just to be heard, going unmet.
Often-times, addictions, pre-occupations, and feelings of anger and resentment can build up when certain family members, (including parents!) go for long periods of time playing unbalanced and unsatisfying roles.
Other times, as a family grows, mental illness or behavioral disorders can grow with it. These are never easy topics to address and will often require professional counseling to ensure the individual achieves their fullest potential in life.
But it is a mistake to see mental illness or behavioral disorders or even addictions as existing in a vaccuum. In fact, personality, mood and behavioral disorders are strongly affected by the environment of the family, and often treating an individual alone fails to address the whole problem.
By focusing on the family as a whole in family counseling, I can discover the particular dynamics each member brings to the family, rather than focusing on just one member as the problem to be fixed.
Together we can chart a course of practical and cognitive behavioral therapy methods that help families of all types to succeed, no matter their size or stage of life.