Services

Individual Counseling

One on One sessions are individually tailored work to help you achieve your goals. Whether you are making a life transition, looking for personal or professional growth, seeking an unbiased sounding board, or need a mental shift, One on One work can get you there.

Couples Counseling

Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. Common issues:

  • Communication Problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Infidelity

Private Online Session

Hillary provides Zoom conference calls available to those not in California for individual and couples counseling.

I believe the most important relationship we have is with ourselves. When we heal ourselves we are better equipped to live the lives we dream of.

Specialties

Anxiety and Depression

We have helped people from all walks of life learn to manage and overcome the limitations and suffering caused by anxiety, depression, and many other forms of mental distress. We prefer to focus on the person versus a diagnosis. We will look at what is working in your life and what may no longer be serving you. Together we will find solutions for you to live more of the life you want. Initial sessions will focus on finding some immediate relief from symptoms. We want you to feel better as quickly as possible! If you choose to stay longer, we can work on underlying issues to find longer lasting resolution.

Divorce Recovery

When a marriage ends, it can be traumatic for both partners. Divorce can be mentally, physically, and financially demanding. To cope with this, a couple who is divorcing may choose to begin therapy. Divorce therapy is often done on a one-on-one basis. A person going through divorce may feel guilt, fear, anxiety, depression and grief.

Working with a therapist can provide a goal and rational perspective. It can arm a person with skills to work through the difficulties of the divorce. Those who use therapy to help them get over a divorce can often benefit. They may come to learn more about themselves. The change divorce brings can be a chance for personal growth and development.

Infidelity

Navigating the waters of marriage counseling after one partner has been unfaithful can be challenging. The trickiest part is maintaining an attitude of what was famously called “unconditional positive regard” for both the betrayer and the betrayed. The therapist quite naturally leans toward having the most compassion for the spouse who has been hurt. Yet, if therapy is to be successful and the infidelity is not to recur, a therapist must have unconditional empathy and respect for both spouses–including the spouse who has done the betraying.

Life Coaching

Life coaches and psychotherapists both work with the art and science of facilitating change in their patients and clients. While the evolving field of life coaching and the established disciplines of clinical or counseling psychology share major areas of overlap, there are also significant distinctions between the two fields.

Life Transitions

We all go through numerous transitions in our lives – living high school to go to college or work, changing jobs, getting married, having children. These become those weeks or months or longer of awkward emotional spaces where we have cut ties with what we know and have not quite settled into what is new. Some, like Sara’s, are by choice, by opportunity; others come from natural ends – the graduating from college – and still others are unwillingly imposed on us – sudden layoff from a job, unwanted and uninitiated breakups in relationships. Whatever the circumstances, navigating this gray zone of transitions can be difficult, presenting us with new problems and demanding us to respond in new ways.

Women’s Issues

Women’s issues can refer to any concern that might impact a woman’s mental health. These concerns might be related to gender stereotyping or assumptions and concerns related to women’s health, but they are also likely to include other challenges faced by women that have nothing to do with gender. It is typically considered best to avoid making assumptions based solely on gender, as a person’s identity is multifaceted and no single aspect defines a person entirely.

My approach is solution focused. I use positive techniques to assist you in identifying the source that holds you back from achieving your desired goals.