An effective treatment program addresses not just your brain, but all elements of your lifestyle and being. In order to overcome your symptoms, it is important to help you understand your symptoms, the reasons for them, and how you developed them. I don’t see you as a diagnosis, but rather as a person who has a certain set of symptoms that we may call “depression” or “anxiety.” To that end, we may discuss:
- Diet, exercise, sleep, medical conditions, medications, supplements, etc.
- Your family background and childhood experiences, including spirituality and cultural factors
- Personality traits
- How you manage stress or anxiety
- Limiting beliefs
Speaking openly about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences helps set the stage for change. We’ll develop a personalized plan as we meet individually to discuss your current symptoms and stressors. Working sensitively with your lifestyle and needs, we will role-play new ways of communicating, and I will teach you specific skills and strategies to manage your difficult and uncomfortable feelings and experiences. Through increased self-awareness, you will become empowered to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.
A supportive, loving relationship happens when each partner respects the other partner’s thoughts, beliefs, processes, and timing. I help couples transcend the stressors of modern life, chronic illness, and limiting childhood beliefs that have carried over into the present adult relationship, while addressing what needs to change to create a healthy dynamic. I work with heterosexual, LGBTQ, and polyamorous couples.
Sometimes whole families break down around one member’s illness or death, or other trauma or loss. Often, when I work with someone in individual therapy, we will invite one or more family members into sessions to resolve specific issues. Each family member is encouraged to look at his or her specific role in the current situation, and to contribute to developing solutions that work for the entire family.
Group Therapy and Support Groups
I conduct groups for organizations as well as in my private practice. Groups may be focused on discovering new communication skills and patterns, practicing and role-playing difficult situations, and developing support and guidance, recovering from trauma, or dealing with unexpected changes.
Health and Medical Psychology / Coping with Chronic Illness
The mind and body are inseparable, and have complex and profound effects on one another. Nearly 50% of Americans are dealing with one or more chronic illnesses, and many have difficulty managing the time and financial commitments, lifestyle changes, and anxiety that accompany a chronic illness diagnosis.
In my health psychology practice, I will help you reduce stress, adjust to illness, develop better coping methods, and implement lifestyle modifications that will reduce the impacts of your illness. If desired, we may include caregivers or family members in our sessions.
I have a specialty in endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and infertility. I also see many people who have “invisible” illnesses, such as lupus, MS, chronic cancer, cardiac disease, or other conditions.
Bereavement / Grief and Loss
Loss comes in many forms. You may be experiencing grief and loss related to loss of a relationship, lifestyle, health, job, home, person, or dream. While most grief resolves on its own over time, some forms of grief are more complex or difficult to resolve, and may require professional assistance if depression is developing.
I am a Certified Bereavement Facilitator for both children and adults, with extensive experience in helping people cope with all forms of loss, especially disenfranchised loss, such as suicide, homicide, miscarriage, and accidental death.
If you’re interested in starting therapy with Dr. Gretchen, please download, print and complete these forms at your convenience. Alternatively, plan to arrive 30 minutes early for your first session to allow adequate time to complete the forms.