My Approach to Helping
I actively work with my clients to help them gain success in the way the define it. I work in a partnership with my clients and help them develop self awareness to be able to make changes that will lead to a more fulfilling and enriching life. We will work together to develop practical strategies for you to use and help to start feeling better.
It takes courage to make this difficult step. It is important for you to feel comfortable talking to me about your personal issues and I make every attempt to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to discuss private issues with me. Coming to therapy means taking a risk and confronting your problems. I welcome this very brave step and hope to assist you to gain the confidence and self awareness to live the life you have imagined.
I also collaborate with other health and mental health professionals, with your permission, for continuity of care and ensure you are receiving the best treatment available. If you have further questions or want a free consultation please contact me to schedule. I look forward to meeting you and helping you feel better.
More Info About My Practice
I practice in Lafayette Hill in a private, comfortable setting. I provide individual and relational counseling using a number of evidenced based practices (CBT, DBT, Biofeedback) and may incorporate art and other more dynamic therapy, if needed. I am an eclectic therapist, meaning I pull from many different approaches to tailor your treatment to meet your unique needs. In my work, I also evaluate your systems, both with those you are in relationships with and also within yourself. I am passionate about helping people work through their pain and live their best life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have been practicing in the Philadelphia area for over 10 years and specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-confidence, relationship disturbances, compulsive disorders, addictions, and problematic sexual behavior. I also enjoy working with people in life transitions, like marriage, divorce or parenting.
I have a focus on women's issues and how to navigate mental health issues, relationship issues and life transitions that are unique experiences to women.
I am trained and provide biofeedback to assist in self regulation, mindfulness, and training for creating heartfelt emotion.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
When people are not true to themselves there often is a level of discomfort, dissatisfaction, uncertainty that begins to take away from our life experiences. These thoughts, feelings, and behaviors may lead people to act and feel in ways that are not congruent with who they want to be. They act out in anger, become depressed or turn to addictions. These masks only hide the challenges you're facing, causing more prolonged distress.
You may be seeing ruptures in relationships, loss of interest, feeling overwhelmed, deep feelings of shame, and general loss of connection to your world. A feeling over the course of your life that "something is wrong" and you continue to seek how to "fix it", with never really finding a solution. You may not even know where to start and need assistance with sorting through what is authentic for you.
Being vulnerable is a risk and can make reaching out for help challenging. Living a life that is true for yourself means taking that risk. Making the changes you want to see in your life takes courage and truth. When you are able to tolerate being vulnerable, really seeing your truth, and become comfortable with that truth, life opens up. You can experience all the joys and sorrows of life fully and no longer have to use masks to get by. The experience of being vulnerable in a safe, therapeutic setting will assist you in gaining the confidence and insight you need to be brave, genuine, and authentic in your life.