There are three steps to my work with individuals and families:

1. Pre-relocation Consultation

This is a consultation of several hours, and can be done in person or on the telephone. The goal is to help process the decision to relocate, assess the challenges for each individual in the family and the family as a whole, and help prepare for the move. During this consultation I also provide general information and advice about possible connections in the new community, such as to schools, healthcare providers, and other neighborhood resources.

2. The Relocation Adjustment Process

This can also be done over the telephone or in person, and usually lasts between three and ten meetings. The goal is to address issues that have already surfaced in order to ensure a smoother and more successful adjustment. During this stage, the most common issues are often related to children’s difficulties in school or with friends, adult depression, family or couple conflicts, and work-related issues. These are usually normal and expected difficulties which, with appropriate help, can be addressed and eliminated.

3. Ongoing Issues of Relocation

Here I use my general psychotherapy experience in concert with my relocation expertise to address issues caused or accentuated by relocation. Some individuals and families are more vulnerable to changes and experience difficulties that last beyond the expected adjustment period of three-months to one year. The work here is focused on developing a treatment plan that will ensure eventual, successful adjustment to relocation. I will either assist with the appropriate referral for ongoing therapy or school-related help, or will see members of the family in my private practice.

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