My Approach to Helping
I specialize in relationship counseling for couples and families. If you are in a relationship that has become distant, conflicted or causing more harm than good, I can help. I work with couples to improve communication, increase connection and enhance intimacy. I also work with families that are struggling with a recent loss or trauma, families that are going through a divorce and blended families. I am passionate about helping couples and families thrive. If you are ready to improve your relationships, give me a call to schedule your free initial consultation.
More Info About My Practice
I also offer individual counseling and support for teens. If you or your teenager are going through a rough patch, feeling anxious and or depressed, counseling can help. I have worked with teenagers as a school-based therapist in Denver Public Schools and in my private practice get through what can be a very difficult time in their life. Even teens that are resistant to counseling at first find that my therapeutic style is helpful and they are glad they had someone to talk you.
Parent support is another service that I offer. If you find yourself in power-struggles or don't know what to do with defiance and disrespect, I can help. I offer parent support and coaching using the latest evidenced-based approaches as well as my own experience parenting my two children.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Here are 5 important factors to consider when choosing a therapist:
1. Make sure your therapist is licensed and insured and has significant experience working with your specific concern. Anybody in the state of Colorado can open a private practice and work with you so don't be fooled. Ask your potential new therapist questions about their training and background to make sure they have the skills to help you.
2. Ask your potential therapist what their therapy style is and what methods they use to help clients. Knowing a little bit about what your are looking for will help you determine what therapy method will work best for you. For example, if you are struggling with anxiety, ask your therapist how they treat anxiety and see if that method fits your needs. Some therapists specialize in long-term psychoanalysis while others specialize in short-term Solution Focused Therapy. Knowing a little bit about what you are looking for will help you narrow your search.
3. Scheduling and Location are important factors to consider in choosing a therapist. You may have found what seems like a perfect therapist but they don't offer evening appointments and that is what you need. Or you discover that your therapist, while an expert in the field, works 50 miles away and you aren't sure you want to commute that far for care. Ask your potential therapist about their hours and location to know if scheduling will be convenient for you.
4. Fees and Payments. Therapy is expensive and not all therapists accept insurance. To avoid sticker-shock, do some research to see what the average therapy session costs in your area. Also, there are pros and cons to using your health insurance. While using insurance can save you money, your therapist does have to issue a diagnosis that stays on your medical record. Also, some insurance plans don't cover marriage and family therapy or other types of therapy so knowing that in advance will help you decide if you want to use your insurance or not.
5. The gender of your therapist is something to consider when choosing a mental health professional. Most of the time, the gender of your therapist is not important. However, if you are dealing with "women's issues" you may consider working with a female therapist and likewise if you are struggling with something that only impact men than working with a male therapist might be in your best interest.
Overall, it is helpful to come prepared to your initial consultation with a list of questions to really get to know if the therapist you are considering is a good fit for your needs.