My Approach to Helping
My goal is to help you identify and resolve those issues that are serving as barriers to you living the life of which you are capable. Like anything, life requires attention, fixes, and maintenance in order realize its potential. I will help you with this process and will assist you in becoming a skilled conductor of your existence.
I have worked professionally in various arenas of mental health for nearly 20 years, including emergency, diagnostic and sub-acute care settings. I’ve also worked in health insurance, sales, film, publishing, project management and service-oriented businesses, so I have a relatively broad context from which to draw for this work.
I can be of particular help with existential issues, finding meaning and purpose, self-actualization, problem identification, goal-setting, relationship issues, anxiety and its underlying meaning, and general sorting out of the Self.
It is my intent that you will at some point no longer come in for therapy -save perhaps for occasional maintenance- because you will not need it.
More Info About My Practice
I am located in a modern yet relaxing office, with plenty of close parking, in a convenient location off of Hampden Ave. and Santa Fe. I offer weekend appointments and am available for a free initial 20-minute phone consultation.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Choosing a therapist isn't as easy as it might seem. There are as many different types of therapists as there are individuals practicing in the field. As the saying goes, if you've see one therapist, you've seen one therapist.
This is great because it means that it's not a standard-issue, cookie-cutter model. The challenge, however, is that you have to do some work to find the right one, and that can mean seeing several different therapists to see how they fit.
So, when finding the right professional to see, these are among the things you should consider:
1. What do you want out of this? Knowing what your goals are, even if only vaguely, will help you decide who to see. "I want to not be depressed," "I want to become the person I know I can be," "Someone I love died and I cant move on," "I don't know who I am," "Something's just not right and I don't know what it is," "My marriage is going down the drain and I don't know what to do," "I experienced X horrific trauma and it's crippling my life,".... these all may lead you to select different therapists completely. Match your issues and goals to the therapist's stated capabilities and skills.
2. Who are you comfortable talking to? In therapy, you share things you may not with anyone else on earth. If you're not comfortable sharing these kinds of things with X type of person (age, sex, race, personality, etc), then you shouldn't see that type of person. There are no right answers here. If someone has qualities or behaviors that you just cant get past, or you don't feel like they click with you, or you don't like them personally, or you just don't enjoy seeing them, then don't. Find someone else. There are loads of therapists out there and some will work and some won't.
3. Find someone that challenges you. I've see people who've been in therapy for years on end and never seem to improve their situation or resolve XYZ issues. This tells me they're not being challenged. You need someone who helps you correctly identify your issues but also your goals, and guides you towards them. If you don't feel anything changing, or you feel too comfortable, just like anything, it's probably not helping you much.
4. That said, find someone who goes at your pace. You can'd be pushed beyond what you're ready to deal with or it will be counter-productive and possibly even damaging. You're the driver here, no one else. The right therapist will gently push you but will keep you leading the process. It's not the therapist's process, it's yours.
5. Not least, be sure they know what they are doing. If you don't feel they "get it," or you wonder if they are really all that capable, find someone else. Having said that, don't be hasty either. It can take some time to figure out what the therapeutic situation is all about, so don't jump ship at the slightest sense of frustration, because there is a learning curve for you as well.
Following these guidelines should help maximize your chances of finding the right professional for you.