My Approach to Helping
It can be difficult to find the right therapist for you, but it is worth the investment. Perhaps I am a good fit to be your therapist. I work with each person to discover what his/her needs are and how to collaboratively meet them. I meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to go. I integrate many techniques and approaches to help you meet your goals. I view people as human beings with human struggles, not diagnoses. If you are looking for a therapist who is warm, open, approachable, and has a sense of humor who will work with you in a way that is consistent with your hopes and values, then please consider contacting me. Even if I am not the best fit for you, I can likely recommend someone who is a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you!
More Info About My Practice
I am the only psychologist in the Los Angeles area to offer Improv Therapy, a combination of improv theatre and group psychotherapy. Such an integrated approach has been found to reduce depression and anxiety and increase self-esteem (Krueger, in review). The group is co-led by a professional Groundlings instructor and me. This group typically meets for 8 weeks on Thursday evenings, although additional times may become available in the future. No prior acting or improv experience is needed or required. This group is ideal for those struggling with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, depression, and lack of confidence or self-esteem. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about or joining my Improv Therapy group.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
If you have not been in therapy before, or you have had a negative experience in therapy in the past, I understand your hesitance. Therapy can often appear to be a mysterious and even intimidating process. However, if you are in my office, I will answer any questions you have to keep the process open and honest. Additionally, I often allow and encourage you to take the lead in your own therapy, discussing what is important to you. You set the agenda and I join you on your journey.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I actively work to dispel the myth that there is something "wrong" with going to therapy. Rather than viewing going to therapy as a stigma, I consider it a strength. If you are in therapy, then you are acknowledging that it is difficult to be human and it is valuable to reach out for support. For me, that demonstrates insight and health.