Addressing Mood Problems

Many come to therapy to seek relief from unpleasant feelings like sadness, irritability, anxiety, depression, anger and grief.  When you struggle emotionally, small things can require greater effort.  You may have feelings or reactions you can’t explain and that defy your best strategies for feeling better. I like to think of these symptoms as the emotional equivalent of a fever—a clue that something is wrong that, when better understood, can be treated and improved.  Learn more.

Gaining Self Understanding

Perhaps you find yourself repeating patterns of behavior you’re not proud of.  Or lack interest in pursuits you once enjoyed.  Maybe you envision a happier, more productive life but don’t know how to get it.  You may even have ideas about what needs to change but aren’t sure how to put them into action.  I start from the assumption that there is a good reason we act, think and feel the way we do, even when our approaches no longer work as well as they once did.  Therapy can help you identify and harness your strengths while adapting and altering patterns that don’t serve you well.  Learn more.

Improving Relationships

Whether you’re looking for deeper connection, struggling with conflict in your marriage or work, or dispirited that you haven’t found romantic love, therapy offers insight and a safe space to work on your relationships. In distinct ways, individual, group and couples therapy can identify what is going wrong in your interactions with family, friends and romantic partners and help you make it right—creating deeper, more authentic relationships.

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.
— Shannon L. Alder