My Approach to Helping
If you find yourself here, chances are you are struggling with something in your life that is creating pain for you. Perhaps you're feeling sad, afraid, frustrated, confused, hopeless, and maybe feeling alone as well. The good news is that you are here. That means that you are open to the idea that you could use some help with all of this.
You might be asking yourself" "What type of therapist do I want or need right now?" That's a great place to start. Much of that depends upon what your life circumstances are. Of course, people often ask, "What kind of therapy do you do?" The answer to that is a bit different for me, and that brings us to my orientation as a therapist.
My philosophy of therapy is very much based upon how my clients present and what they specifically need when they come to see me. I learned long ago that trying to use a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't always work. Early in my career I used psychodynamic therapy, almost exclusively. That approach worked for many people, but not for everyone. Most of my clients typically made significant progress. That wasn't enough for me so I decided to become trained in multiple modalities, as opposed to relying on just one method of treatment.
It's now thirty years later and I can say that my ability to help people navigate the challenges they are facing is much broader than at the beginning of my career because I have more tools that enable me to truly customize the therapies I offer to fit the needs of my clients. It's more work for me, but much better for you! I hope that this has been helpful. Please feel free to contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if I am a good fit for what you need.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is open several days a week. I typically see new clients once a week just for the purpose of continuity and to have an ongoing opportunity to build a working relationship. If you would like to know more about my practice, please feel free and encouraged to contact me via phone or email. I am more than happy to offer you a brief free telephone consultation so that we can introduce ourselves to each other. For more detailed information about the services that I can offer you, I invite you to visit my website which you can link to on this page. Thank you.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am told that I am particularly skilled working with individuals, couples, and families in order to help them honestly assess where they are in their lives and relationships; how they may have arrived in their current situation; what are their current experiences of themselves and others; and then helping people begin to determine just what it is they would like to achieve both in and outside of therapy.
Current and former clients report that it is very easy to talk with me. One of the phrases so many of my clients say to me is simply this: "You get me!" It has been that way since I was in elementary school. My friends, both boys and girls, would come and ask me for relationship advice. They told me that I was easy to talk to. I find this more than a little ironic, because at that point in my life, I never felt that it was safe enough to talk about my own life. Now it is many years later and I understand the fear and distrust that many people feel when entering counseling. That was me many years ago. Clients say that they feel comfortable with me because I can truly relate to their pain and suffering, and that I also offer them tangible help dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, and the many forms of conflict that all of us can experience in our primary relationships.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
If you are on this website looking for a therapist then you are right on the verge of taking the next important steps towards working through whatever issues have brought you here. Therapy can help just by shifting some of the emotional load from one person to the shoulders of two people. I will be there with you every step of the way. There is an old saying: pain shared, is pain diminished. Of course, relief of emotional pain is not the only goal for a good therapeutic outcome. Another wonderful benefit is that once someone has come out the other side of a particular crisis, they often begin to realize that there are new opportunities in their personal, professional, academical, and social lives. So many have reported that this is a wonderful "side benefit" that they had not even considered.