My Approach to Helping
I believe that most people can truly benefit from taking part in the process of therapy. I'm fortunate to have the chance to work with growth-focused, high-achieving individuals, families and couples, and who know and understand, as I do, that each person has the potential to learn, grow, and attain their dreams and goals in life. It is a tremendous opportunity to work in collaboration with my clients and patients to develop treatment goals that are tailored to their needs and individual to their personality.
More Info About My Practice
My fees are as follows: Typically, Initial Individual Sessions are 90 minutes and are $175. Typically, additional individual 50-minute sessions are $125. I am not on insurance panels. Fees for couples, families, groups, consultations, and on-site/off-site speaking/presentations vary. However, I do work with patients and clients to complete the necessary paperwork to submit to their respective insurance carriers for reimbursement.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
One of my particular areas of interest and specialties is working with LGBT individuals. More specifically, most of my patients are Transgender individuals in varying stages of transition.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
First and foremost, you have to feel comfortable with the person you are sharing your time with. As a therapist, I tell all of my patients and clients that they will typically know by the end of the first session or two whether or not they feel comfortable working with a particular therapist. My ego is not involved in their decision-making process. I explain during the initial intake and interview that if they don't feel that I am a good fit for their needs or they are not comfortable, I ask them to please let me know and I will help them find another therapist with whom they might feel more comfortable and be a better fit. My priority is always my patients and clients getting the best help possible, whether it is with me, or another therapist.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I believe that everyone can benefit from the process of therapy. We are creatures that take great care to make sure that we are physically healthy by seeking medical attention when needed; we seek regular dental care to keep our smiles healthy and bright; and we make sure bodies run optimally by frequenting the gym or engaging in other hobbies and activities. As such, I believe that therapy is a necessary element to maintaining our optimal selves; a complete integration of mind, body, and spirit. If one of these elements are not engaged in our plan of well being, we might feel out of balance. Even during "good times" I recommend therapy at least once a month to keep our mental health is in check.
It's hard to say how long therapy will take. That is a decision made by the patient and his or her therapist. I typically like to see folks at least once a week initially, and then make adjustments based on treatment planning and treatment goals. Therapy is complete when a patient is satisfied that they are able to manage their problems or concerns without the continued regular support of a therapist. Once again, I encourage everyone to speak to a therapist once a month of optimal mental health.