Adult Services


ADULTS:     Dr. Collier provides support to adults who are looking for a more balanced life and a fuller sense of emotional wellbeing. This could include problems with relationships, health issues, managing life changes, or seeking peace or fulfillment.

Dr. Collier's compassionate, developmental approach helps clients, family members, and caregivers understand the difficulties in a new way, enhance strengths, diminish problems, and bring relief and satisfaction to all concerned.

VOCATIONAL ISSUES:     The developmental approach that is central to Dr. Collier's practice applies extremely well to work related issues. Problems in the work place are often related to compromises in basic skills. It is important to be regulated, attentive, available to engage and problem solve, and adept at seeing the true meanings and emotional and logical connections of events in the work place. Problems occur when people over react or withdraw, which makes it difficult to establich the strong social connections in the work place. Or perhaps it is inattention or inflexibility that leads to problems. When people understand themselves better, they can strengthen the skills needed to be satisfied and successful in their work.

SPECIAL NEEDS:     Dr. Collier has a deep interest in working with adults with special needs. This is a natural extension of her interest in developmental issues, which can impact daily life, feelings, and behavior.

Sometimes adults with special needs struggle with strong emotions, have difficulty following the directions or rules in their environment, or do not make or keep friends easily. Often, there are core competencies that are not strong and so do not support higher level skills. That is, regulation, attention, back and forth engagement, shared social problem solving, symbolic thinking, or making emotional and logical connections are not strong. Then it can be harder to regulate emotions and not over or under react. It can be hard to stand up for oneself, or alternately, hard to compromise. It may be difficult to be flexible or see the consequences of one's actions.

A developmental approach acknowledges current strengths and then further builds up core competencies, so that needed skills become more robust. Caregivers and family members are included in treatment so progress can be supported beyond counseling sessions.