My Approach to Helping
Painful emotions, difficult experiences, and unhealthy relationships can make it hard to trust others and treat yourself with compassion. Therapy can help you develop healthier relationships with yourself and others, learn to tolerate and express difficult emotions, and feel less distress. Therapy with the right person can help you get un-stuck, change self-defeating patterns, and develop more effective coping skills. Therapy can help you treat yourself more kindly, develop more satisfying relationships, and live a more authentic and fulfilling life. I connect deeply with clients while maintaining clear professional boundaries, provide a compassionate and informed sounding board, and work hard to create a safe space in which healing and growth are possible.
More Info About My Practice
My office is near the PA/DE state line and has plenty of free parking. I have a generous sliding scale, am an out-of-network provider with most non-HMO plans, and offer flexible daytime and evening hours. Please contact me for a free, confidential, and no-obligation telephone consultation.
I'm also happy to answer any questions you have about therapy, my practice, or me.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
For over 26 years, I've been helping people discover effective coping and communication skills and break self-destructive patterns. In addition to therapy, I provide addictions counseling and DOT-SAP services. I specialize in substance abuse and dual-diagnosis issues and especially enjoy working with young adults and impaired professionals or those in recovery.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Competent therapists demonstrate compassion, integrity, and outstanding listening skills. They are respectful, caring, non-judgmental and passionate about their work. They offer suggestions and feedback but also know when to shut up. Talking with a therapist is very different than talking with a friend or family member. Competent therapists don't share their personal problems or try to develop anything other than a professional relationship with clients. Therapists may *never* engage in romantic or sexual relationships with clients. Therapists should not ever shame, berate, threaten, or yell at clients. Some other factors to consider when checking out a therapist: is the office private, quiet,and clean? Does the therapist appear calm and professional? Does s/he ask relevant questions and really listen to responses? Do you feel respected and valued? Does the therapist appear warm, confident, and attentive? Does s/he seem interested in you and knowledgeable about your particular difficulties? Does s/he offer useful and appropriately timed feedback? Some warning signs: the therapist somehow frightens you, appears intoxicated, preoccupied, disinterested, extremely disorganized, or forgetful. Pay attention to your instincts. Do you feel this therapist "gets it" and wants to help you? Do you feel confident in his/her clinical skills and knowledge? The best therapeutic relationship is one in which you feel heard, safe, and respected. Please don't settle for anything less.