My Approach to Helping
When helping others, I find it extremely important to focus on an individual's ultimate choice and responsibility for choosing their own destiny. In many ways, there is no "right" way to be healthy; in fact, even being "unhealthy" is both a right and a choice, and not up to anyone else to judge or dictate. This self-empowerment and awareness approach is often a pre-requisite in being able to offer supportive and directive, yet unbiased, help and therapy. I find that a blend of philosophies, including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and the Gottman Method, are important as no single approach is right for each individual; techniques and therapy approaches are tools and not to be used as a philosophy of well-being.
More Info About My Practice
Online appointment scheduling is available on the website. I provide direct therapy and counseling to patients and can bill most insurance plans. Additionally, affordable private pay options are available for those that are unable to or unwilling to use their insurance for enhanced confidentiality and privacy concerns, something that has become a recent trend in the past decade.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I find that I am very comfortable working with patients suffering from depression, especially "treatment-resistant" depression that hasn't worked with traditional therapy or medications in the past. Couples counseling, including relationship issues and marital therapy, is another area that I find myself interested in and effective with; often, I find that how each of us grow and change makes a tremendous impact on how the relationship itself works, or fails. By focusing on our own strengths and weaknesses, both areas of relationships and depression are often easier to approach. Finally, anxiety and chronic pain management are two areas that I feel confident in providing help and assistance with.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I view the purpose of psychotherapy as one of both supportive and directed counseling, two contradictory terms that aren't often used together. Therapy should be supportive in that it provides encouragement and belief that each person has an untapped potential to be who they want to become. It should also be directed, in that vague encouragement is ultimately hollow and does not provide any actual direction to accomplish this goal; after all, who needs to hear encouraging words only? By combining both of these, both are used and limit each other with a nice blend of "checks and balances" to allow both self-guided growth and unique approaches towards self-actualization.