Crafting new lives as we age.

Therapy designed for adults
over the age of 50.

 

As we age, everything in our life begins to change. Some of the changes are good, and some are bitter and hard to swallow. Because of all these important life changes, older adults and seniors need something very different from psychotherapy than someone in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s.

Is it sadness or depression?

We live in a world where there’s no room for the feelings and experiences that come with aging. So, it’s not surprise that many of my clients come to me feeling sad, anxious, disconnected, and with a sense that they’ve lost their purpose in life.

Counselors and psychiatrists often diagnosed these feelings as depression. But I believe, rather than depression, this may be a deep sadness that comes from losing a sense of meaning and connection to your life as you age.

What is the goal of therapy?

I see my role as a therapist to help my clients experience more joy, meaning, and engagement in their lives. I help them feel more alive and connected to what they want from their life.

The goal is the same for couples counseling. Mature relationships are often in need of a renewed sense of purpose and connection. All the things that brought you togehter as a couple, and kept your marriage together, are changing. You can’t solve that just by scheduling a few more “date nights”. Marriage counseling and couples counseling is designed to help you re-engage with your partner and find more joy and connection

Is therapy right for you?

If you are feeling a loss of connection and meaning in your life, or if it feels as if your relationship no longer has a purpose and vitality; please call me for a free consultation.

Jacob Brown Marriage and Family Therapy - Aging and Grief
 
 
Therapy for older adults

Therapy for Older Adults

old dogs can learn new tricks

Aging presents us with a set of unique and difficult questions. 

Who are you now that you’re older?  Your kids have moved on, your career is ending, your traditional roles in the world seem to have dropped away.  So, who are you now?  This can be a difficult question to answer, and it’s easy to feel lost and without purpose.

Therapy for Older Adults works to build acceptance of who you are today, and to focus on what you have rather than what has been lost.  This is a path to finding joy and meaning in the life you have today.

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Therapy for Older Couples

Less tension - More joy

Being a middle age or senior couple is different from a relationship when you’re young. The things that brought you together and kept you together are changing. It raises the question of what does it mean to be a “couple”, and what keeps you together as a couple now? 

No matter how difficult things have gotten, every couple has its strengths.  And in Therapy for Older Couples, we focus on what binds you together - not what's tearing you apart.  This is not about having more “date nights”; it’s about finding real meaning and happiness, together.

                                       Learn more about Therapy for Older Couples

Couples Counseling for older couples
 
Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling

Finding hope after loss

Grief is a part of life.  Family, friends, careers, pets, hopes and dreams can fall away.  And throughout our lives we are forced to let go of many of the people and things we cherish. 

Unfortunately, the world around us often doesn't have much patience with grief.  Your loss makes people uncomfortable, and they are anxious for you to "move on" and “get over it”.

Grief Counseling provides you with a safe and supportive space in which you can tell your story of grief, at your own pace, in your own way.  

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End of Life Counseling

When you, or someone you love, is dying

It is hard to imagine a more difficult experience than preparing for your own death, or the death of someone you love. The pain, anger, and confusion can be unbearable.

End of Life Counseling works to bring peace to a time of chaos. It helps you come to grips with the reality of life’s end, clean up unresolved issues, and prepare for a peaceful transition.

And as a caregiver, watching a loved one slip away can be a traumatic experience. Caregiver burnout is an important part of End of Life Counseling, helping the caregiver deal with their grief and feel connected to their own life as they care for their loved one.

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End of life counseling and hospice counseling
 
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Counseling for families of substance abusers

Getting your life back

Parent, child, sibling, spouse, friend, or relative. So many of us have had our lives deeply impacted by the drug and alcohol use of a loved one.  Having a loved one who abuses drugs or alcohol is a form of loss and carries its own grief.

While there are many resources to help the user get clean; very little attention is paid to helping their family survive the devastation that comes with loving an addict.

Whether it’s happening now or it’s in your past, the damage can reverberate throughout every aspect of your life. Counseling for Families of Substance Abusers helps you bring the focus back to your own life and find some happiness, whether your loved one is using or not.

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"Find a place inside where there is joy, and
the joy will burn out the pain. "

Joseph Campbell