My Approach to Helping
Are you longing for a new level of emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual health?
Are there lingering or unresolved issues that are preventing you from achieving personal satisfaction and healthy relationships?
Do you struggle daily with feelings of anxiety, low mood, a lack of motivation and confidence?
The foundation of this practice is the belief in the uniqueness and capacity for change in every individual who seeks supportive counseling or mental health services. Still, for many of us, there are times when life can feel like one long struggle after another with little to no headway despite best efforts. In my personal journey, there have been times when I've felt like I was stuck in the mud or hanging in limbo. For me, getting real traction happened as a result of partnering with a compassionate and competent mental health professional to explore my stagnant condition. Change came from facing the past, improving the present, and forging (or strolling) into the future with hope, courage, and determination. It is an enduring joy to assist others to experience their own leaps forward, whatever that may mean for the individual.
My practice method is collaborative and solution focused. I'm not interested in turning your life struggles into a medical pathology. My mission is to come along side my clients as they journey toward wholeness and health, working out the kinks and knots as we go.
Training and practice have included psychiatric social work with children and families, adults struggling through separation and divorce, domestic violence, grief and bereavement, and resolving spiritual confusion. Special diagnostic and treatment specialties are anxiety and depressive disorders, traumatic stress, emotional neglect, spiritual healing and couples counseling.
The desire and calling of this therapist is to provide compassionate, competent, confidential mental health and supportive life improvement services, in the spirit and by the grace of our loving Creator. For those who seek caring, non-judgmental Biblically based counseling, I am a member in good standing of the American Association of Christian Counselors with many years experience.
More Info About My Practice
Treatment is confidential and respectful of clients' individual personal and financial circumstances. With self-pay arrangements it is not necessary to assign a medical diagnosis or to justify treatment beyond what we agree on and works for the client. A superbill statement can be provided out-of-network insurance reimbursement if your plan covers this or you have a health savings plan through your employment. Fees are reasonable and a sliding scale can be negotiated if needed. Evening and weekend appointments are available in addition to convenient daytime hours. Group therapy is offered at reasonable rates and convenient times. The office is easily accessible on Route 9 just off Exit 10 of the Adirondack Northway. Saratoga office is brand new as of October 1 and I will be booking clients for that location as of 10/15/16.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Couples/marriage counseling, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety, depressive disorders, mood disorders, sexual abuse, family dysfunction, divorce recovery, grief and bereavement, traumatic stress, spiritual confusion, adjustment disorders. conflict resolution.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
There are many reasons to engage with a counselor including a need to improve emotional regulation and learn more effective ways to handle stress and conflict and resolve emotional, relational, career, and spiritual problems. Exploring the ongoing impact of negative childhood experiences can result in a new freedom to love and accept your own imperfect self and to forgive others, and let go of old hurts and fears. Spending an hour a week focusing on yourself with an understanding, objective, non-judgmental individual in a space dedicated to healing and well-being can be the doorway to renewed energy and balance for the days ahead. You may want to explore and understand your own unique purpose in life, improve your marriage, your parenting, and/or to experiment with a new way of being in the world - more assertive, confident, satisfied, joyful. For some, there are areas of deep distress - anxiety, depression, intrusive and compulsive thoughts and behaviors, traumatic stress, abuse, domestic violence, uncontrollable mood swings, suicidal thoughts, complicated grief, addictions, and inability to control anger and rage. A combination of sound medical intervention and psychotherapy can offer a good hope of recovery.