My Approach to Helping
After more than 4 decades, my job is more rewarding than ever! It's always challenging, but my clients quickly learn that counseling need not feel like hard work. I am so grateful for the fact that so many of my former clients have chosen to keep in touch. Chances are, you already possess the knowledge and wisdom to build solutions that will bring you happiness, better relationships, and freedom from anxieties and depression. I feel honored if I can help in highlighting that knowledge and putting it to work for you. You are almost certainly wiser than you think.
More than half of my clients are couples, married or not. I have specialized training and many years' experience in couples therapy. LGBTQ clients are always welcome and understood.
In addition to respect, compassion, and confidentiality, you deserve counseling that is grounded solidly in the latest scientific evidence of effectiveness. As a holistic provider, my top priority is treating people, not symptoms, and every form of treatment is grounded in scientific evidence and decades of experience. You may wish to look elsewhere for reflexology, energy healing, and other fashionable treatments with no reliable evidence of efficacy.
For those with unwanted or debilitating problems, I often help them in my capacity as a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have seen extraordinary results with a very wide range of problems. Perhaps the most common come from those who want to quit smoking. In nearly every single case, they lose all desire to smoke forever, after just one hypnotherapy session. Their lives and the lives of their families are transformed dramatically.
As word of mouth has spread, I have seen a huge increase in demand for hypnotherapy. I'm so pleased to have found so many solutions for unwanted habits that respond so easily to just one hypnotherapy session. The range is wide, including weight loss, fears, chronic pain, IBS, anxiety & panic.
More Info About My Practice
I do not participate in insurance plans, principally because insurance companies usually insist on getting a diagnosis of a disorder, and my plan for a cure. Such diagnoses can stick to your records for life, they adversely affect the cost and even availability of your health insurance, and they are not helpful to me. Labeling a person with a fancy-sounding diagnosis only gets in the way. If I were to diagnose you with bipolar depression, for example, neither of us would benefit, and I would have created yet another obstacle for you to overcome.
Also, counseling with me takes effect so quickly, that you will be done before you could even meet the hefty deductible imposed by your insurance company, so you almost always save money in the end.
I understand that mental illness is rare, and problems in living are common. Problems need solutions, not cures or pills. Helping people to create solutions is what I do, rapidly and effectively. The best part is that it rarely takes more than 2 to 4 sessions for that to happen. That's literally true, and I'll prove it.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Miracles occur in my office almost every week. Many of my clients give me big hugs when they decide to terminate therapy. A steady stream of handwritten thank-you notes arrives in the mail. These are rewards I never get used to.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
To the amazement of most of my clients, therapy almost never requires more than 2 to 4 sessions -- sometimes even less. "Brief Therapy" is almost magical, even after having seen its remarkable results so many times. Once we let go of the old Freudian need to discover deep explanations for everything -- and instead, simply build solutions to overcome the problems that challenge us, therapy that once took years can now be completed in just weeks. Clients are wise -- they always know when they no longer have any reasons to continue with therapy. I encourage them to terminate as soon as they have achieved whatever goals they had in mind. Follow-up visits after a few months are excellent ways to ensure that the benefits are enduring.
For hypnotherapy clients, the most common treatment consists of a consultation, followed a week later by a single 2-hour hypnotherapy session. Every session is unique and fully individualized. No two clients are treated the way. On rare occasions, clients may request a second hypnotherapy session. Our clients have reported outstanding results, even a full year after treatment. Hypnotherapy is employed for a wide range of problems, including smoking cessation, weight loss and eating disorders, unwanted habits, chronic pain, IBS, addiction, and many fears like fear of flying, fear of public speaking, fear of crowds or large open spaces among others.