My Approach to Helping
My approach to helping is collaborative. I hope that you and I can work as a team to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and family history. I want us to understand your needs, triggers, strengths, and coping strategies. I not only want to understand your past, but see how you manage your daily life and reach future goals. I am an interactive therapist. I want you to feel heard, understood, and respected. Therapy is not easy and we will have to face your struggles. Therefore I want you to feel safe and comfortable. I work with honesty and transparency. We will evaluate your progress to make sure that you are working in the direction of your goals and my approach fits you. I believe therapy works best if it's consistent and weekly. With effort and determination you are likely to see positive results.
More Info About My Practice
Presently, I take Aetna, Beacon Health Options (New York State Empire Plan, GHI/Emblem Health Network), Cigna Behavioral Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Optum Health (United Behavioral Health), Oxford, and I am an out-of-network provider. You would need to call your insurance company to verify benefits and eligibility, and make sure you have out-of-network benefits. I will make every effort to be available to you as much as you need and if you need more support you might explore my website for additional resources.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My original interest in psychology focused on family therapy. I like helping people understand the patterns in their relationships and improve interpersonal connections. My experience with interpersonal dynamics lends itself to help couples navigate their relationships. I am also interested in understanding the complexities of addiction. I spent a lot of time helping people face and overcome their addictive tendencies. I am familiar with 12-Step philosophy and treat addictions utilizing a cognitive-behavioral recovery model integrating relapse prevention and self-help support. I want to build a strong alliance with you since ultimately, I believe, it is through our relationship where the healing takes place and you will find your way to meet your goals.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy can help but there are no guarantees. Therapy can lead to better relationships, solutions to your life's problems, and improved mood. Therapy requires an active effort, regular attendance, and working on issues both during the sessions and at home. You might get homework if we feel it would be appropriate and beneficial. I want to help you accept those things in life you can't change, and encourage you to change what you can. It's not easy accepting our limitations, and it is often very difficult to step out of our comfort zone and make changes. Therapy can help identify your strengths and weaknesses in order to put you back in the driver's seat of your life and move you in your intended life direction. I hope to help you explore various aspects of your life to improve your success and happiness.