My Approach to Helping
I provide psychotherapy that is compassionate. As a lifelong learner I draw from a variety of approaches to best meet your unique needs. My approach involves working together to identify and build upon your strengths as well as identify new ways to overcome challenges you face in living a more rewarding life. I will share with you feedback as well as help you to identify ways in which you may get in the way of leading a more fulfilling life.
Collaboratively, we can work together to help you distinguish between feelings and thoughts that promote growth and those that may keep moving forward. Additionally, I view increased body awareness as a major component in this pursuit.
Psychotherapy can at times be uncomfortable. This makes perfect sense. It entails becoming more open to change that while desired may also push us beyond our initial comfort zone. We will work together to help you cultivate resilience that is essential for any such challenge.
Although I have worked only with adults for the last fifteen years, I have been in practice for over thirty-five years working with adults, adolescents and children. During this time I have worked in private practice, schools, a mental health center, and psychiatric centers.
I was also on faculty part-time for twelve years in a Chicago program for students enrolled in graduate work in psychology.
More Info About My Practice
I am the author of Overcoming Destructive Anger: Strategies That Work (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Unlock Your Creative Genius (Prometheus Press, 2007) and Healthy Anger: How to Help Children and Teens Mange Their Anger (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Insurance: BlueCross BlueShield PPO, Cigna PPO, UBH PPO, out--of-network for others
Hours: M-W 1-7 PM.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
While I have extensive experience in those areas already listed, I have extensive experience in addressing issues regarding anger management, depression, anxiety, motivation, dealing with shame and cultivating self-compassion.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I view engaging in psychotherapy as an act of courage. It calls for reflection that can be uncomfortable. It entails understanding and recognizing how your thoughts, emotions, and bodily reactions interact, especially as they occur in your relationships with others, the world around you and with yourself. More specifically, psychotherapy offers awareness and skills to impact that interplay to help you live a more fulfilling life. Without self-reflection we are hostage to habits of feelings and thoughts that undermine and inhibit our overall well-being. Overall, I believe that engaging in psychotherapy is empowering as it offers greater freedom to make choices that resonate with who we are and who we wish to become.