My Approach to Helping
Hello. Since 2004, I have had a private practice in mid-west Omaha. I work with individuals, couples and families helping them gain a better understanding of themselves and finding useful ways to manage their lives differently and more effectively.
As an interactive, solution-focused therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help people address current life challenges and long-standing issues. With sensitivity and compassion, I help people find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns and psychological issues.
People present to my practice with a wide variety of issues, such as, anger and temper issues, alcohol and drug abuse and addictions, communication problems within relationships and difficulty expressing self to others, avoidance and conflict resolution problems, parenting and family issues, stress management, as well as self-esteem problems and goal setting.
Using the most effective therapy approach to fit the presented issue, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focus Therapy, I help people understand how to use these techniques to gain better control in their personal lives, as well as in their relationships.
In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a personalized approach tailored to people's individual needs to help them attain the personal growth they're striving for.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.
More Info About My Practice
I work with many insurances that are represented in the Omaha area, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Midlands Choice, Coventry, MH Net and others.
I also work with many clients who choose to pay out-of-pocket. In these instances, I generally charge between $75 to $125 per session. I am willing to discuss the fee. I believe if a someone is wanting to go through the counseling process and learn more about themselves I do not want money to stand in the way of them bettering themselves.
For many years I have worked as a Registered Service Provider with the Supreme Court in the state of Nebraska, which means I help people who for legal or medical reasons are in need of a chemical dependency evaluation or a substance abuse assessment. Also, through my work as a registered service provider, I provide the treatment and counseling for people in need of outpatient depression, anxiety or anger management help.
I believe helping people understand and accept themselves better and in doing so, hopefully they can reduce any shame or guilt or pressure to be perfect they have been carrying in their life.
I am also open to a team approach and will gladly coordinate (if requested by you) with your physician, chiropractor, massage therapist, or any other professional care provider.
You are welcome to contact me with questions. I would gladly answer any questions you email to me and I would be available for an initial 15-minute telephone conversation.
My Role as a Therapist
I understand it is not easy for many people to come and talk to a therapist. I know there can be hesitancy and avoidance. I believe my role as a therapist is to not push any kind of agenda onto people, but to ease them through the process to where they are comfortable opening up to another human being about things they don't understand completely. I understand people put walls up as a way to protect themselves from various emotional triggers. I think my role as a therapist is to help people understand these triggers and how to control them in healthy, more effective ways then putting up walls.
I don't believe in telling anyone how to live their life. I hope to help people see things from a different perspective and then maybe they might be willing to consider thinking about things differently, which might create a change in their life.
I believe it is my responsibility to establish and protect the boundaries of the therapy situation. This includes providing a comfortable safe environment and establishing a caring therapeutic atmosphere. I believe a role of the therapist is to facilitate the awareness, growth and psychological development of those I work with.
I believe in working to build rapport with my clients through empathic listening, caring and warmth. The rapport between therapist and client is a consistent predictor of successful treatment. As trust builds between the therapist and client so does self-knowledge and understanding for the client.