My Approach to Helping
I help people develop their own wealth of internal resources by providing a safe environment for discovery and reality testing. My clients amaze me every day with their resourcefulness and creativity, and it is an honor to be able to witness that.
To get the most out of therapy, I believe it takes a commitment from the person seeking change to be present in the sessions (as honest and open as possible) and to be willing to explore the meaning and implications of any new insights uncovered in the sessions between the times we meet.
It is important to me that anyone who comes to see me has the best experience possible; that doesn't mean I can promise that you will feel happy after every session, but I am completely invested in helping you move forward with your goals as long as you are willing to make that journey with me.
More Info About My Practice
The 30-minute initial consultation is free. We are a team in your counseling goals, so I would rather take a few minutes at the start to make sure we feel comfortable working together than charge for something you won't be happy with. Insurance is accepted, and I am an in-network provider with all Magellan plans, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, and QualCare. I accept all major credit cards, for clients who prefer to keep expenses separate or who want a way to break up payments. Free parking is available behind the building. Street parking is also available.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Many of the people I work with have experienced trauma in some form. Sometimes the traumatic event is job loss, losing a close friend or a parent, losing one's sense of safety, losing a sense of purpose. It is a very common experience to be faced with an event or situation that is bigger than all of us, and we are forced to make meaning of it so it can fit into our lives. Trauma and the resulting anxiety and depression are symptoms that I can treat effectively. I have a lot of resources and techniques at my disposal. All I ask is for your commitment to join me on this journey.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is to give you time and space to be heard and acknowledged for whatever you want to work on or feel is unresolved. The hour is always your time. As someone who works with trauma survivors, I feel it is very important to reiterate that during that hour, you are absolutely entitled to talk about what you feel you need to talk about. My role is to guide, interpret and provide information that might be helpful to facilitate progress. Most of all, I want you to feel heard because for me, that is the real gift of therapy.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Part of the reason I became a therapist is I've had first-hand experience of how helpful therapy can be, and how annoying and counterproductive bad therapy can be. It's hard to open up after a bad experience in therapy. It's actually hard to open up even if you haven't had any experience with therapy at all. One of the reasons confidentiality is so important is everything we talk about is difficult to tell someone else.
I believe that fit is important for both of us, and often, people will pull a therapist's name out of their insurance company's directory and go with whoever calls them back first. Then, they go week after week even when it doesn't feel right and eventually decide they can't take it anymore. Part of the reason I offer the consultation and encourage potential clients to take advantage of it is if you're not comfortable with me and the way I work, it's important to me that you find someone who is a good fit for you.
Approaches to therapy and personalities vary widely, but given how personal therapy is by nature, it's not surprising that only a few of those will be a good match for you.