My Approach to Helping
I am strongly committed to practice that is based on the best science-supported practices of my field. My relationship with you is what will best predict how much you get out of our work, and so my highest priority is to create a supportive, compassionate environment in which you can be fully yourself and trust that I will accept and understand both your strengths and the challenges you bring to treatment. I will flexibly draw from cognitive behavioral therapy and a wide range of other approaches that have been shown to alleviate suffering and help people create their best lives. I will check in with you regularly to make sure you are getting what you need from treatment and will modify my approach to suit your preferences.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Men's issues, including sexual concerns
Relationship distress, especially when only one person is coming to therapy
Career indecision and other work problems
How Psychotherapy Can Help
If people understood how effective psychotherapy truly is everyone would go! Psychotherapy effectiveness rates are on par with other mainstream medical interventions include those used for heart disease and stroke. We also compare favorably to medical approaches for mental health concerns. For example, most studies that have compared psychotherapy to antidepressant medication for depression have found psychotherapy to be at least as effective (and sometimes even superior) with fewer side effects and a lower chance of relapse once treatment is discontinued! These benefits are enhanced when the therapist measures outcomes and gets regular feedback from clients. If you are suffering and have been putting off getting therapy because you were unsure of whether or how it could help, make the call! The odds are that you will be very glad you did.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
If you visited a physician wouldn't you expect that she/he would measure your blood pressure before prescribing a blood pressure medication and that once you started taking the medicine she/he would reevaluate you regularly to make sure it was working? Similarly, I believe that I need to comprehensively evaluate what's wrong before I can formulate an effective treatment plan, and then I need to regularly measure the results of our work to make sure you are achieving your goals. I am most likely to be a good fit for someone who values this kind of evidence-based care and who will be willing to provide me with regular formal and informal feedback to make sure we're heading in the right direction. I view you as a collaborator and teammate with me in making sure you get exactly what you need from our work.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Effective therapy is all about fit. Just as you would never take a job without first having a thorough interview, it can be helpful to interview several therapists before deciding which one seems most likely to help with your particular needs. To that end, I offer free 15-30 minute phone appointments to evaluate whether I'm what you're looking for before your first visit.