My Approach to Helping
The number one indicator of positive outcomes in therapeutic treatment is the relationship between you and your therapist. This factor is key in my approach to helping you, your relationship, family or child reach their goals. As a therapist my main goal is to create a safe, comfortable therapeutic relationship so that you feel you can be open, share your concerns and feel respected. My job is to help find your strengths and use those to help lead you to feeling better and alleviating the challenges that brought you to therapy. I believe that you are the expert on your life and parents the experts on their children. I will help you through tough experiences, hard decisions, and situations where you need support. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for life transitions and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. What fuels my passion for being a therapist is the joy and self-confidence that I see when a person, couple or family have met their goals and feel better about their situation. When people feel they have learned skills to make change or changed behaviors that were creating obstacles in their lives it provides a sense of freedom that impacts their whole life.
More Info About My Practice
Counseling sessions are one hour. That fee also includes treatment planning and any consultation or session preparation that I will do to make sure you are receiving the best support available.
I am currently a provider on Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Magellan, Multiplan, Beacon Health, TriWest, United Healthcare, and several EAP's and am not a provider on other insurance panels. I can provide a receipt for insurance reimbursement if you have out of network provider benefits you wish to use. If you are on a different plan, I am happy to discuss a reduced fee that would help you have access to confidential counseling to achieve your goals.
Group counseling rates are custom for each group.
School observations are available as well
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
In my professional roles I have had opportunities to meet with many people who have had both good and bad experiences with therapists. Just like in any other profession, there are good therapists and there are not so good therapists. When a person has worked up the courage to go and see someone for help and has a bad experience, they wonder if it is worth trying again, will it actually help? My answer to them is always, yes. Yes it is worth the try. Although the investment can be anxiety provoking in itself, the payoff when you find a good therapist who hears you and helps you in the ways you feel comfortable can be immeasurable. It takes work and commitment to meet your goals in therapy. It also takes a professional who is ethical, knowledgeable about what you want help with, and has a way of making you feel like it is okay to be who you are and deal with what you are dealing with in your life. If you are on the fence about therapy being right for you, take a chance and give me a call. It's my job to provide answers to your questions that will help you decide what you want to do.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Our society, though it has come a long way, is still not always open to the idea of seeking emotional support or help for difficult situations in life. Many people are still raised to feel like it's not okay to talk about feelings or express needs. Sometimes the idea that you see a therapist can make people feel weak or flawed. But the truth is, it takes a lot of strength and courage to meet with a professional who is a stranger to you and tell them your most intimate feelings, problems and experiences. There are people who think that therapy is just sitting in a room having a pity party, or just talking about bad things with no resolution. They could not be more wrong. Good therapy does include talking about things that happen to you or your feelings and thoughts, it includes the opportunity for you to feel sadness or any other feelings you feel. But it does not include staying in that sadness, or that place of discomfort. Good therapy is about using your strengths to help move you forward to your goals. Good couples therapy includes both people being heard and negotiations being made and skills being taught that will strengthen the relationship as it grows. We all need a little help in our lives at some time. We all experience loss and disappointment. We all come to crossroads and important decisions that we may need help with. When these concepts are so globally experienced it certainly can't mean the person seeking help is flawed.