Introduction to my Practice

Therapy is a place to gain greater understanding of your feelings in order to be able to assert yourself in life. 

The more you know about your feelings the better able you are to make meaningful, healthy choices that allow you to feel happy and loved. 

 

I have been a psychotherapist since 1994 and have a deep respect for the process of growth and change individuals and families can accomplish.  My background in child development enables me to work with people of all ages allowing for a deeper understanding of the impact of patterns and relationships throughout life’s course. 

SPECIALTIES
  • ADHD

  • Adoption

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Child/adolescent

  • Depression

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Grief

  • Intimate Relationships

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Parent/child problems

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum

  • School Issues

  • Self-esteem

  • Sleep problems in children

  • Trauma/PTSD

TYPES OF TREATMENT

Individual Psychotherapy  |  Play Therapy  |  Parent/Child Therapy  |  Parent Consultation  |  Consultations for Schools/Agencies  |  Clinical Supervision

PSYCHOTHERAPY

My approach is based on the needs of the individual and can include psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and play therapy.  Therapy is a collaborative process: together we will help you identify the changes you want to achieve, take the steps toward your goals and live a more balanced and rewarding life.  A therapeutic relationship is not meant to replace relationships with family or friends. Instead, it helps you to be able to feel closer to those you love and to know how to express your needs.

PARENT CONSULTATION

My work with parents focuses on helping them gain an understanding of their child’s behavior and respond more effectively.   In the section Information For Parents, you will find a section specifically for parents of young children. This section will help you to determine if your child needs therapy and how to discuss it with them.

MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOPS

Parenting is a complicated job.  Focusing on this relationship is complex because it requires an awareness of your child and your own emotional self, as well as memories of your childhood.

 

Workshops will be comprised of:

-mindfulness activities that increase self awareness and self regulation

-developmental framework to understand your child

-reflective parenting techniques in order to support your empathic relationship with your child.

Suggested Reading List for Parents

Calming Stormy Feelings: A Child's Introduction To Psychotherapy

By Sarah Abel and Karen Zilberstein

Reflective Parenting: A guide to understanding what’s going on in your child’s mind 

by Alistair Cooper and Sheila Redfern

 

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

By Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

The Reflective Parent: How to Do Less and Relate More with Your Kids 

By Regina Pally

 

Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

By Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Mary Hartzell M.Ed

 

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

By Eline Snel

Tel: +1 413 230 9227
Email: sarahlicsw@gmail.com
8 Trumbull Road, Suite 303 Northampton, MA 01060