My primary focus is in the treatment of loss and trauma. I provide treatment for persons who have experienced losses of many kinds, including:
- The death of a loved one
- Loss of self-worth or security, including losses that affect one’s sense of identity or which involve complicated feelings of shame
- A loss of ambitions, hopes, ideals or your sense of purpose or direction
- Loss of satisfaction with life or with yourself or anger at yourself
- Feelings of guilt and shame
I also have a special concern for treating adults who have experienced losses in childhood, particularly losses related to parental relationships and other emotional injuries of childhood. This includes neglect and emotional, physical or sexual abuse. It also includes dealing with the effects of a parent’s mental illness, such as narcissism or addiction
I have extensive experience treating addictions, specifically drug and alcohol addictions, sex and love addictions, and other self-destructive, flight from life ways of living.
I treat anxiety, depression and anger disorders— which are often related to losses.
A loss that overwhelms you and damages your sense of safety and selfhood is traumatic. Traumatic stress can exist as an undertow leading to self-destructive choices, depression and anxiety, misplaced feelings of self blame, states in which you are not in the present, but disconnected or dissociated, and a variety of loss anxieties, particularly a diminished sense of self or loss of a sense of self.