My Approach to Helping
Every positive therapy depends on a good personal connection. I begin by trying to get a clear sense of how your life feels to you, and what you want to change. Regardless of the issue that brings you to therapy, I am committed to discovering together the solutions that work best for you. I have been privileged to witness this process throughout my practice, and I have come to believe that an understanding and connected treatment relationship is a powerful tool for change, growth, and enlivenment. My approach is warm, thoughtful, and engaged. I share my thoughts clearly and openly, and offer tools that I think will be useful, but also recognize that you are the best judge to choose what works for you. I am committed to helping you be more effective and feel in control of the direction your life is taking.
More Info About My Practice
My fee is $160. I do not accept private insurance, but am happy to provide you with a bill if your insurance plan offers partial reimbursement. In order to help keep psychotherapy accessible to many, I reserve a few times where I can adjust my fee in cases of clear financial need. Let me know when we speak if this is something you think you would need. If I do not have any spaces open, I will refer you to lower-fee providers in the community.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you're not sure if therapy is right for you, I recommend having a first session--perhaps with a few different therapists--and seeing how that feels. I invite new clients to tell me what does and doesn't work for them in our sessions, and am focused on understanding the individual's experience. I share frankly whether I feel that therapy will be helpful to someone, and offer my thoughts of what else could be useful to them.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Because therapy is a place where people are invited to be their most vulnerable selves, a negative experience can be especially painful and can resonate for years. However, therapists often work very differently from one another, and working with one who feels like a good "fit" can be transformative. As with any type of relationship, there is a wide range of possibilities; one bad experience does not represent all that's possible in therapy. When a client comes to me following a negative, or even an underwhelming therapy experience, I encourage them to tell me about it, both as a way to help heal, and as a way to help me understand what they need from our work together.