My Approach to Helping
My approach involves assessment of the entire mind/body organism. We cannot simply treat mental issues without addressing the physical. I assess physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, financial, and all other aspects of a person's life, behaviors, and belief systems. I take a strength-oriented and positive approach that is aimed at identifying and enhancing a person's coping skills and resilience. I work with them to identify a comprehensive plan of action, in which they are in charge and proactively moving towards wholeness and health.
More Info About My Practice
I am an out-of-network provider for all PPOs, and provide a Superbill monthly upon request.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I chose health and medical psychology because of my keen interest in mind/body issues, and have an understanding of how strongly the emotions are affected when dealing with chronic or terminal illness, or a new diagnosis. The medical field is only equipped to handle the medical side, but there are so many losses and adaptations that a patient must come to terms with. Learning how to be healthy, or revising the definition of healthy, is key to not only surviving, but learning to thrive with chronic illness.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I believe that it exhibits great strength to identify a need, and take action to get that need met by coming to therapy. Although I use the standard diagnoses as a guideline, I see each person as much more than a diagnosis - you are not merely a set of symptoms, but a person who has a set of concerns or issues that can be addressed through therapy. I look for strengths, capitalize on those strengths, build new areas of strength and resilience, and identify new coping tools. I discuss with my clients what it means to have a mental health diagnosis, and how that is simply a part of who they are. And I always use "person-first" language - you are not "a depressive," but "a person with depressive symptoms." In other words, de-pathologizing is part of the routine practice, language and discussion.