Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy
I'm a licensed professional.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 295044-3501
Most of my experience is in working with children, families, parents, and couples. Many of the interventions I use with children, families, and couples are relationship based models, and are effective in treating a variety of mental health and life challenges.
Children are amazing to work with in therapy. They respond to most treatments, and get excited about \"making problems go way\" and \"fighting problems.\" They frequently don\'t see problems as overwhelming and permanent. Encouraged by the right techniques, they generally respond to positively to change. In working with children, I focus on giving parents tools to extend interventions to other environments outside of therapy.
Many times mental health issues effect the whole family system, as well as the client. Family work is an effective way of helping to handle the challenges of dealing with mental health conditions in a family. Additionally, families often experience life changes, losses, transitions, addictions, and adjustments that can challenge the strongest families. Tools in therapy can lead to positive change for everyone.
Couples are the heart of families. Whether couples are starting out or have been married a long time, problems arise which, if not addressed, can affect the long-term quality of couple and family relationships, even across generations of family. Couples entering therapy are frequently surprised at their ability to change and the positive effect it has on all relationships.
Most people approach therapy with some uncertainty about what to expect. People frequently identify a problem area on which they wish to focus in treatment. Frequently, that area of concern seems much larger when it remains unaddressed. When therapy is compared to medical interventions, people easily understand that they wouldn\'t let an injury or medical condition go untreated. Untreated injuries and medical conditions can lead to much larger problems later.
The same is true in therapy. In my practice, I see a wide range of clients, from those who want to address what may be considered to be small concerns, to those who are dealing with a lifetime of negative thought patterns and beliefs which hold them back have them repeating patterns of behavior that are self-defeating. For those uncertain about proceeding, consider the effects of the problem if it is left untreated. For children, consider the effects on their health and social and emotional development. Gaining skills and tools early in can lead to huge advantages later on. For adults consider how much effort it takes to maintain at your current level of functioning. Could it be better? It\'s worth a call to find out.
I tell every client that choosing a therapist is an individual decision, even more personal sometimes than choosing a doctor. Therapists don\'t just treat a checklist of symptoms. They help clients work through personal and frequently emotionally charged situations. They become involved in the details of people\'s lives, and if the direction therapy takes doesn\'t meet a particular client\'s needs, it would be a mistake to dismiss therapy as ineffective.
Individual therapists come from a variety of backgrounds and are trained in a wide variety of treatment methods. Those methods and backgrounds, combined with individual therapist\'s personalities, become a set of tools with which therapists work. If the therapist you work with doesn\'t have the tools you need to address your set of challenges in a way that honors your own experience and individuality, don\'t hesitate to look around.
Make phone calls. Talk to therapists before you make and appointment to determine if they have a good sense of your concerns and if their treatment methods are a good fit for you. If you get a sense in your conversation it isn\'t a good fit, ask the therapist for referrals.
Also, ask other people you trust for referrals. A therapist\'s greatest referral source is often word-of-mouth referrals.
Frequently you can get a feel for the fit by talking with therapists over the phone, or meeting in person for the first time. Don\'t be afraid to keep looking if you don\'t fin