My Approach to Helping
Emotional healing is possible, but it does not usually occur simply through the passage of time. Often it requires connecting with another person. Sometimes that other person may be a friend, a spouse, or a parent. In other cases, though, it is helpful to talk to a trusted professional who can provide privacy and confidentiality in a non-judgmental setting.
I think that, for most people, deciding to talk to someone about personal issues is daunting, and it is a privilege for me to work with people who, in the midst of difficulties, still choose to deal with their problems rather than to avoid them. It's a deeply rewarding privilege because it affords an opportunity to see another person begin to blossom into whomever they were meant to be in the first place. Every individual is unique.
Psychotherapy can enable you to experience a better quality of life, with less depression and anxiety. A calmer mind is better able to solve problems and learn new things. Acquiring new coping strategies makes life more enjoyable. It can make waking up in the morning become a delightful experience again, instead of a time of dread. Telling yourself that you are fine when you aren't will not relieve suffering. Getting a helping hand when you need it will.
More Info About My Practice
I usually meet with clients weekly. Sometimes this is not possible for one reason or another, but weekly sessions afford the consistency and momentum necessary for more rapid therapeutic progress.
Due to the time constraints of working with insurance companies, I am not on most insurance panels at this time. Individual 50-minute therapy sessions are billed at $150 and payment may be made at the time we meet via check, cash, or credit card. I will provide you with a receipt to send to your insurance company for reimbursement; it is very important that you check with them ahead of scheduling your first appointment to find out if out-of-network services are covered and, if so, the amount of the fee they will reimburse to you.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
There are many reasons why you might have had a less than ideal experience with psychotherapy in the past. Perhaps the therapist didn't seem to listen or you heard criticism where you needed to hear acceptance. Or, you may have found yourself disagreeing with the therapist's interpretation of your issues or how you might handle them. Most often, though, it is no one's fault. Sometimes, people are just not the right match, in therapy as in life.
The good news is that there are a lot of wonderful therapists out there! Don't let one negative experience blind you to the possibility of finding a better path in life. It does take a little faith and sometimes a little effort to find what/who you need. The willingness to do that for yourself can be part of your personal, self-guided therapy.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I am trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques including approaches that consider how your way of looking at the world affects your behavior and your sense of yourself. Alternatively, sometimes it is important to discover whether experiences you had earlier in life are continuing to affect you in a negative way. Finally, certain behaviors may not improve with cognitive analysis or with insight, but require more deliberate behavioral interventions.
When a new person enters therapy, my primary goal is to understand why the individual came in and how they will know when they are done with treatment. I will also ask about current symptoms, any prior mental health treatment, and other important aspects of history. We will come up with goals for treatment and decide how to most effectively progress toward those goals. Therapy is a two-way street and both therapist and client are responsible for the work that goes on there.