Thomas V. Cliff, JD, LMSW
|Professions: Clinical Social Work|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: MSW - 6801093026|
Billing and Insurance
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Fees: My charge for self-pay or out-of-network services is $100 per session.
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Experience confirms what many, many studies report: The key to successful therapy is the warm, accepting relationship between the person seeking help and the therapist. Helping the person to feel comfortable and secure in the treatment is my starting point. When one feels safe enough, unexpected thoughts, recollections, and associations come to awareness. This new awareness starts the healing process. Many ideas we have are expressions of our earliest conclusions about the world and our place in it. I help people find these conclusions and consider whether they still make sense. For example, someone who repeatedly finds disappointment in relationships may operate on the unexamined assumption that others are unreliable, not to be trusted, and look for disappointment. The result can be sadness and loneliness. Someone who suffers job setbacks over and over may believe, deep down, that he or she is shameful and unworthy of success. The result can be self-defeating choices. Someone who experiences great anxiety for no apparent reason may be unknowingly reliving terrifying childhood experiences that foster the need constantly to be on high alert. The result can be a habit of self-defense that looks to others like anger. No one chooses to have these feelings. But one can choose not to let them stand in the way of happiness. I help people to make this choice.
Email or Call Thomas V. Cliff, JD, LMSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24024
More Info About My Practice
I accept insurance coverage from Magellan, traditional Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Medicare. Other insurance is under consideration. For clients who do not have this coverage or choose not to use it, my fee is $100 per session.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Depression stemming from losing a parent at an early age
Anxiety stemming from childhood trauma
Grief at losing people we love
Grief and anger over job loss
Poor self-esteem from being molested sexually
Sources of emotional resilience
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The experience of psychotherapy is similar to but very different from talking to a good friend. A good friend wants one to feel better, not to feel sad, or overwhelmed. A friend can listen, enabling one to vent angry or sad emotions, which can be helpful for a while. A therapist, too, wants one to feel better. But in good therapy the listening is more focused, more attentive to clues, because the aim is not only that one feel better quickly but also that one have a better life.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
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Groups I Work With
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