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Summary of Services     



Populations Served
Adults, Elderly

Gifted and Talented
Interpersonal Skill Issues
Learning and Personality Styles
Relationship and Intimacy
Siblings in Families with Handicapped Children
Women's Issues

Symptoms and Diagnoses
Asperger's Syndrome
Dual Exceptionality
Educational Challenges (i.e. AD/HD, Sensory Integration)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders

Challenges Most Often Addressed
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Chronic/ terminal Illness or handicaps
Crisis/Loss/ Grief Gifted and Talented Issues
Educational Challenges
Employment Issues
Existential Conflict
Family/ Relationship Conflicts
Grief and Loss
Learning and Personality Styles
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Persons with Disabilities, and their families
Self-Destructive Behaviors
Sibling and Family Issues
Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
Spiritual or Philosophical Crisis
Social Skill Deficits
Surviving Abuse or Trauma
Women's Issues

Overview of Services

PSYCHOTHERAPY "A psychotherapist can help you turn on the light switch that you didn't even know was there..." The goal of psychotherapy is to understand what happened, what effect it had, and how it is still affecting you, so that you can be free to choose other, more productive behaviors to achieve your dreams. The therapist uses her knowledge, experience, intuition, and repertoire of therapeutic interventions to help the client achieve relief from symptoms and greater satisfaction in life. Through the use of relationship, support, and communication, the therapist helps clients discover new options for creating the future they desire.

CONSULTING "A good consultant can facilitate a dialogue even when it seems like communication is dead and buried..." Consultants use their expertise to help solve a particular problem. As an expert on Learning Styles, most of the consulting I do relates to the educational needs of my clients and their children. I work with teachers, administrators and parents to create better ways for teaching a child with a particular learning challenge or style. I also work directly with children to help them develop better learning strategies and ways of getting their individual needs met.

LIFE COACHING "A life coach can help you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be...." In Life Coaching, the client is guided through the process of defining what he or she really wants, identifying available resources and skills, designing a strategy that will achieve these personal or professional goals, and taking action toward achieving a more positive and fulfilling future.

EDUCATION, GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS "Sometimes parents and educators just need permission to look outside the box ..." In my role as Director of the West Coast office of the Gifted Development Center, I offer a variety of presentations and educational opportunities for parents and educators. Some potential topics for presentations or workshops include: Learning, Personality, and Communication Styles, Identifying and Teaching the Visual-Spatial Learner, Understanding and Optimizing Family Dynamics, Expressive Art Programs, and Parenting the Gifted,  Parenting Adolescents,  and Raising Difficult Children,  etc.

OFFICE SESSIONS Generally, psychotherapy clients (sometimes called Patients) meet for 50 minutes, once a week, with a therapist in his or her office. The work they do may include a variety of techniques, or theoretical strategies, but the goal is to help the client feel more fulfilled in his or her life. Frequency and duration of sessions vary depending upon individual client needs and current life circumstance; at times of crisis, a client may need to schedule extra sessions; as the client achieves his or her goals and learns new ways of coping with challenges, sessions may be scheduled less frequently. Most days, I work with clients in Granada Hills, at the West Coast office of the Gifted Development Center. I am available on a limited basis at my Encino office. Please call my business cell phone: (818) 203-5987 to set up an appointment.

PHONE SESSIONS For some people, it can be difficult to come to a session in person. Telephone appointments can be useful in dealing with a variety of issues and can be conducted from the comfort of your own home, or while you are on vacation or a business trip. If you are interested in telephone sessions, email or call now to set up an appointment time. Weekends and Evenings are sometimes available.

EMAIL SESSIONS Another option for people who might not be able to keep an appointment, at the office or by phone, is to maintain an email correspondence. I've helped people from all over the world using email communication; it provides a convenient and economical way to deal with problems across time zones and cultures. The main advantages of email sessions are: clients can send and retrieve responses on his or her own time schedule; they can refer to emails later for better understanding of the progress they are making; many non-auditory learners can better assimilate information by reading it at their own pace. The disadvantages to this method of interaction are: it is more difficult for emotional connection and trust to develop; the therapist is handicapped by missing all nonverbal information; and there is a time-lag between communications making this method of relating unacceptable in times of crisis. This process is best suited to Life Coaching or Consulting. To start a course of email sessions, clients email therapist for information on how to set up a credit card account through the Gifted Development Center (charges are applied on an hourly basis), or to arrange payment for sessions by check.

HOUSECALLS On a limited basis, clients will sometimes need the therapist to come to them. This would include those suffering from agoraphobia, the physically handicapped or those whose health is otherwise compromised. There is an additional charge for home visits, but they can be arranged as long as the accommodation is therapeutically warranted.