My Approach to Helping
Are you concerned about your child's well being? Is anger, sadness or worry affecting your family's daily life? Are you struggling with how to manage your child's behavior? Have you considered therapy services? As a mother, I understand the pain felt when your own child is hurt or struggling. I also understand the unique challenges and complexities that arise from raising children in a society so different from which we were raised. Without the appropriate skills to identify and communicate their emotions, children often express their feelings through negative behavior. Psychotherapy can be a positive process through which children learn the skills and strategies needed to cope, adjust and effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings. During counseling/therapy services, I assist children and families in the process of change to reduce stress and improve relationships.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located in Mt. Lebanon and serves the South Hills communities of Pittsburgh. The hours are flexible in order to meet each family's needs. After school, evening, and weekend sessions are available. Major insurance is accepted. Please call to discuss insurance coverage.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is to produce change. If you are considering psychotherapy, there is some aspect in your life of which you are dissatisfied. Whether the struggle is with emotions, behavior, or relationships, psychotherapy can help you and your family identify agents of change needed to reduce stress and live a happier, more satisfied life.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love helping each individual realize their own potential for change. While working with children and families, I am able to witness the courage and strength of each individual. Additionally, I am given the privilege of hearing each person's unique story. During the therapeutic process, I'm able to share in the joy and excitement of accomplished goals. To me, nothing is more rewarding than seeing a family happy again.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to assist you and your family in identifying the strengths you have within yourselves that can help you overcome obstacles along your path. My job is to listen with compassion and support, help you identify goals, and offer guidance and suggestions to assist you meeting those goals.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
You are not alone. It is very common to feel nervous or anxious about starting therapy. Many people question if they can solve their problems or make the necessary changes in their life on their own. Some people are afraid to open up and share their life with a stranger. If you have these concerns for yourself or your child, you are NOT alone. I understand these hesitation and approach each session with compassion and understanding. My job is to help you and your family feel comfortable and at ease during the process. When working with children, it is of extreme importance to me that I approach your child with warmth and laughter, thus providing the caring and supportive environment your child will want to return to.
What Makes up a Problem?
What makes up a problem is entirely up to you. The focus of therapy is to help you and your family identify the changes you would like to see. We can then work together to set goals and determine how you can use your inner strengths to achieve these goals.