My Approach to Helping
I believe that a successful path to achieving growth and change in therapy starts with feeling a comfortable and collaborative connection to your therapist. I strive to help my patients establish goals and feel a sense of progress in therapy. I meet my patients where they are emotionally and help guide them in the direction they hope to be. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Therapy in my practice. I provide a relaxed, judgement-free environment. In today's world, the level of anxiety and depression has been on the rise, especially in the younger generations. I strive to remove the stigma of mental health treatment for my patients. I also utilize teletherapy to assist patients who cannot get to the office regularly. My practice also provides parent training to assist parents with their child's symptoms or diagnosis. I conduct neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and psychological evaluations to examine symptoms, diagnose, and provide thorough and detailed recommendations. I work with children ages 6-12, adolescents ages 13-17 and adults ages 18 and up.
More Info About My Practice
I provide individual and family therapy as well as parent training to assist with a child's symptoms or diagnosis. I have expertise in the evaluation of ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning, Processing Speed, Depression and Anxiety. I am also certified in CBT-I to treat insomnia. I can attend IEP or 504 plan meetings and assist parents with advocating for their child. I conduct evaluations for Standardized Testing accommodations as well as accommodations in college. I also evaluate adults who have always felt that they experienced symptoms of ADHD or a learning disability that may have gone undiagnosed. I have four other amazing clinicians that are part of my group practice and we have weekend availability as well.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I've heard this scenario several times. Patients tell me about past therapeutic experiences or currently "trying out" several therapists to find the right fit for them. I've heard a variety of concerns, such as a therapist eating or answering the phone during sessions, to just not feeling a connection with the therapist. It's important for a patient to pay attention to their own intuition and how they "feel" when they are reading a therapist's online profiles, see their picture, talk to them on the phone for a consultation and meet with them. Pay attention to how you feel in a therapist's presence. Do you feel that you are being heard? It can take time to feel fully comfortable with a therapist. My goal from the beginning is to work for you to feel comfortable and that we can hopefully establish a positive therapeutic relationship.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We are human and experience a wide variety of stressors and emotions throughout our lifespans. It is healthy to experience both negative and positive emotions. Most people who seek out therapy are going through an accumulation of stressors such as a break-up, work-place stress, parent-child conflict, academic concerns, health problems, peer issues, or financial issues. Many people are also going through a lifestyle transition such as a career change, going away to college, divorce or separation and are having difficulty coping in the way that they prefer. Therapy can provide the support and direction to navigate through these challenges. Try to think of therapy as an investment in your well-being (emotionally, mentally, and physically) and not as a "weakness."