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Why Consider Counseling?
Areas of Expertise
Marriage & Couple Counseling
Relationship Counseling
Separation & Divorce Counseling
Parent & Child Counseling
Adoption Counseling
Family Counseling
Step-Family Counseling
Clients
Why Consider Counseling?
Since 1986, clients have come to me for counseling for a variety of reasons. Many have problems they cannot resolve on their own; difficulties with relationships, family, friends, or career. Some seek guidance in achieving specific goals. Others simply enjoy an ongoing relationship with a psychotherapist knowing that as life unfolds they have someone safe and caring with whom to explore these events.


Areas of Expertise
Over the years I have worked with many clients with a wide variety of problems. As a result I have developed expertise in the following areas:
Marriage Divorce Parent & Child Families
Adoption Step-Families Relationships
Q: Do you offer counseling only in these areas? What if I have a problem that is not within one of your areas of expertise, can you still help me? A: There are numerous other areas (too many to list) in which I have worked with clients. After discussing your problem with you I will be better able to determine if I can help you. If I cannot, I will be happy to give you referrals to appropriate professionals and/or resources who can assist you.
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Marriage and Couple Counseling
As a husband, I know that a healthy marriage requires finding a balance between being part of a couple and maintaining your own identity. A healthy marriage or relationship also requires learning how to disagree with your partner and still feel good about yourself and each other.

As a therapist, I have helped hundreds of couples develop skills to communicate better and resolve conflicts with dignity and respect. Through this process you will gain strength as a couple and discover more intimacy.

My approach to marriage and couple counseling is straightforward. Some couples seek counseling with very similar goals. Other couples may want psychotherapy but find that their goals are at odds with each other. For example, when one spouse is wanting to work on the relationship and the other one is thinking of separation or divorce.

My goal is to assist you as a couple to determine what you each want from the relationship and each other. Then help you assess whether you can actually get what you want.

Most people get some of what they want but not all they want from a partner. The final step in my counseling approach is to guide each of you in looking at your options and deciding what to do with this knowledge and information.
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Relationship Counseling
The road to a healthy relationship is riddled with bumps, curves and pot holes. Together we can examine if your current relationship is moving closer to where you want it to go. We can also explore why you have not found the relationship you want.

I have helped many men and women find relationships that are more healthy, stable and fulfilling, rather than ones that are self-destructive and go nowhere.



Separation and Divorce Counseling
As a divorced husband and father, I experienced the anguish of separation and divorce. While no one ever marries planning to separate or divorce, it sometimes happens. When it does, there are life altering decisions to be made that will affect you, your spouse and your children.

As a therapist, I have guided hundreds of individuals back to feeling safe, secure and hopeful about their futures. Since 1981, when I founded Divorce DialogueSM, the oldest divorce support group in Los Angeles, I have helped over one thousand men and women survive divorce. The goal of divorce is to begin as two, end as one, and still feel whole.

Q: My children are acting out. Is this because we are going through a divorce? A: Children act out for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is age appropriate, as with adolescents, but it also could be due to any number of reasons including that you and your spouse are going through divorce. What is most important is to find out why your children are acting out and help them with their problem.
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Parent and Child Counseling
As a parent, I know first-hand the challenges of raising children. Helping your child deal with feeling left out of social groups or completing homework assignments can be as frustrating for you as it is for your child.

As a therapist, I have assisted parents and children, from pre-schoolers to teens, learn to negotiate their needs more effectively and resolve conflicts with sensitivity and love. This process will help develop greater closeness between you and your child.
Q: Do you ever work with children alone without their parents? A: I do work with children alone whenever the child requests this. Usually when a child asks to be seen alone it is because they feel reluctant to express a thought or feeling in front of their parents for fear their parent will feel hurt or get angry at the child.

In such cases I help the child work on how to overcome their fear and communicate what they want to say to their parents. My ultimate goal is always to help you and your child work out your problems on your own.
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Adoption Counseling
Sorting through the "adoption triangle" of adoptee, parents, and birth-parents and all the surrounding issues is very slippery and complex.

Having worked in this area since 1986, I have assisted many in resolving the family struggles that are unique to adoption.
Q: My child is acting out. Is this because my child is adopted? A: Children act out for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is age appropriate, as with adolescents, but it could also be due to any number of reasons including that your child is adopted. What is most important is to find out why your child is acting out and help him or her with their problem.
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Family Counseling
As a husband, father and step-father, I have felt the pain and joy of family members bringing out the worst and best in each other. The most innocent comment or gesture can often be the seed of a deep wound that can last a lifetime.

As a therapist, I have helped many families heal these wounds and repair their broken relationships so family members can feel closer and more connected to each other.



Step-Family Counseling
As a step-father, I have experienced the difficulty families face in blending routines, parenting styles, values, personalities and much more.

As a therapist I have worked with hundreds of children and parents in their struggle to accept a parent or child who is not their own.
Q: I am recently remarried. My husband says that I over indulge my children. I think he is much too strict with his and don't want him disciplining my children. How should we deal with this? A: Welcome to the world of step-families. They are sometimes called blended families because this transition requires couples to blend a variety of ways they each formerly lived their lives, including parenting styles, values, spending habits, curfews, doing homework, socializing, etc. As a step-father and therapist I have extensive experience, personally and professionally, helping step-families figure out how to integrate two households with two histories into one family.
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Clients
Over the years I have counseled a diverse population of clients with a variety of problems.
I enjoy working with:
Children of all Ages Men and Women of Various Ethnicities Adolescents
All Races Adoption Step-Families Relationships







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