My Approach to Helping
Maybe you don’t feel like yourself and need help finding a sense of balance in your life. Feeling dissatisfied in relationships, sadness, grief, or anxiety which interferes with your work, school, or social performance are typical reasons people enter therapy.
I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which are effective to treat many mental health issues. I tend to weave mindfulness training in most interventions. Our work in therapy sessions is to increase your ability to cope with the stressors of daily life, identify your strengths, and improve your confidence tackling challenges.
More Info About My Practice
Specialties include treatment for anxiety, depression, life adjustments, trauma, and relationship issues.
I serve individuals, couples, and groups.
In person appointments are available on Saturdays [suspended during Covid-19, only video telehealth available weeknights and weekend].
My Role as a Therapist
My role is to help you identify internal resources you may have not considered before, such as resiliency and the ability to tolerate strong emotions, no matter how unpleasant they may feel. You are the writer of your own life story. I value being present during this process, especially for those who just need another human to listen to them without judgment.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
Your self-determination is of vital importance to me. You are able to change your situation and it is my role as a therapist to help you develop that ability. I make no judgments regarding substance use and misuse. Most difficulties with using substances can be addressed in our therapy.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Feeling stigma for having emotional difficulties is a barrier for many in seeking help from a mental health professional. Some people are fearful, embarrassed, or ashamed that they have not been able to handle their problems on their own.
Searching online, it is easy to see you are probably not the only one having a difficult time coping with emotional pain. Data from the World Health Organization ranks Depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide! But stigma towards mental health is pervasive in our society.
Establishing trust with your provider is a requirement for therapy to be helpful to you. It is important to know that licensed therapists are legally and ethically bound to maintain your confidentiality and to inform you of limits to confidentiality. It is also helpful to consider that every psychotherapist is different and there are many disciplines that offer therapy. But the main determinant for a positive outcome in therapy is a strong therapeutic alliance with your therapist.
It is important to take time to decide who can be the most helpful and right fit for you. If you contact me we will briefly discuss your situation and what is bothering you. I will then inform you of my approach to psychotherapy and then you can decide if setting up an initial appointment makes sense for you.