My Approach to Helping
I see the best in people and try to work as hard as they are to help them resolve their challenges and feel better. I want my clients to have a metaphorical 'tool bag' of coping skills and interventions that they can use on their own and they can add to.
More Info About My Practice
I do not take insurance, but I can provide you with a Super-Bill, or I can complete a claim form for you so that your insurance will reimburse you out-of-network.
I offer affordable therapy and a sliding scale for clients with demonstrated financial difficulty. My regular fee is $100.00 per session.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I hold an Alcohol and Other Drug Certification as well as my license as an MFT. I am passionate about working with people with addiction issues. This addiction or chemical dependency may be to drugs and alcohol, the internet, shopping, gaming or pornography. I believe in the disease model of addiction and I know that for many clients the addiction is driven by other mental health issues such as depression, trauma, or anxiety and I believe that these disorders must be addressed simultaneously. I am on staff at a local Residential Treatment Center and consider my work there to be very rewarding.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The use of empathic listening and rapport building is the first step in supporting a client as the client begins the process of working towards resolving their particular difficulty. Psychotherapy helps to educate clients about the constellation of symptoms they may be experiencing; this can result in the client feeling less frightened and more hopeful that they can be their own agents of change.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
To provide the client with an opportunity to develop a mental tool-box of coping skills and education so that he or she can feel empowered to tackle their mental health challenges on their own. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to form a unique and intimate bond with a therapist, and this relationship can and does heal many of the struggles arising out of attachment and bonding issues, and low self-esteem. It is a safe place to process problems and to feel understood and listened to.
My Role as a Therapist
My role is to support the client as the client develops more insight into what is causing suffering in their lives. I am there to encourage this personal growth and to help the client understand and process their feelings about a particular mental health issue. I help clients understand particular symptoms that they may be experiencing and I may refer the client for further assessment from a psychiatrist or medical doctor. I use my training in the field of psychology to help me understand a client's own experience of mental health.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I would say that I am truly sorry that their experience was negative. I would ask them what had happened to them and try to help them understand how therapy is intended to be helpful. I cannot erase their experience but would hope to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that therapy can be healing and helpful.