My Approach to Helping
I have tremendous respect for individuals and their ability to develop insight, learn, and grow. In my approach to helping people, therapy is a joint commitment to identify personal strengths and challenges, change what hasn't been working, and learn how to adapt to life's difficulties. I consider it my responsibility and privilege to come alongside and empower people in that process by establishing trust, providing accurate feedback, and reinforcing approximations to their goals.
More Info About My Practice
My fee schedule is available upon request.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
As humans, we are frequently challenged with the need to adjust-- to unforeseen changes and transitions, to loss, to injury and illness, or to the pressures of everyday life. Sometimes adjustment is needed in conjunction with an event or process of our own choosing (divorce, elective surgery, spiritual quest). As a psychologist, it is my responsibility and privilege to come alongside individuals and couples who are struggling with specific challenges, and help them to cope, problem-solve, and adjust in such a way that life can be lived as fully and genuinely as possible.
Treatment begins with a thorough assessment of your specific needs and ways you (or others) may be impacted by your difficulties or circumstances. Treatment proceeds as a joint commitment to actively address the issues, taking into account the whole person you are- physical, mental/cognitive, social/interpersonal, and spiritual/philosophical.
I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation and in addressing trauma, injury, and illness. I am knowledgeable about brain functioning in specific processes, such as brain injury, stroke, MS, dementia, or Parkinson's. I also provide psychological assessment with regard to surgical readiness, personality, and desire for increased personal insight.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
One of the most exciting current theories of human development and functioning that strongly influences my work is Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB uses clinical evidence of brain growth (neuroplasticity) throughout the lifespan. It is the brain's capacity to change that is at the foundation of healing and change that occurs within the context of healthy interpersonal relationships, including the therapeutic relationship.