My Approach to Helping
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist for over 20 years, I know that people, just like you, seek out counseling to overcome the obstacles standing in their way of happiness. I have chosen to practice this active form of therapy because I believe that counseling should provide you with effective tools, strategies that you clearly understand and can easily apply, that will ultimately lead to successful & lasting change to combat both the negative self talk & behaviors associated with anxietypanic, depression, OCD, unresolved trauma & everyday stressors. I am also one of the few therapists utilizing Exposure-based therapy techniques both in and outside of the office setting. Start living the life that YOU deserve and desire...Today!
More Info About My Practice
I have found that people typically struggle with the decision to begin counseling. Providing a safe and supportive environment, while also emphasizing that counseling should be “active and hands-on”, I believe that my ideal client is ready to do the work that he or she needs to do in order to reach their goals. However, I also recognize that being “solution-focused” and aiming to accomplish small goals along the way is motivating and builds momentum to continue therapy. We all want to know that the hard work and effort we put forth is paying off and need encouragement that there is a “light at the end of the tunnel”!
I describe my practice approach as “empirically based”, which simply means that treatment is guided by the research and evidence of “what works”. The expression that “action brings change” is my motto. CBT therapy is about empowering individuals to help them identify and change their negative thinking and unhealthy behaviors, using challenging exercises both in and outside of session. As an expert in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (such as Social or Generalized Anxiety, Agoraphobia, Panic Attacks), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Impulse Control Disorders- Skin Picking or Hair Pulling (Derma & Trichotillomania), and Unresolved Trauma, I utilize elements of CBT (different models) and Exposure Based Therapy methods, to aid my clients in gaining the tools THEY NEED to start living a life that is under THEIR control. I am one of the few clinicians within the area that also uses Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy both in and outside the office setting. When necessary, I incorporate “in vivo” methods, treatment aimed at working within the environment in which the problem actually occurs, such as with individuals who suffer from specific issues like Agoraphobia & Panic that occurs while driving or when away from home.
I am proud to have been chosen as a treating therapist on Season Two of the groundbreaking documentary, “Obsessed”, which aired in June 2010 on A&E Television Network. I was also interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America for my expertise as a CBT therapist treating Anxiety Disorders, and have appeared several times on Orlando’s Fox 35 News. I encourage you to visit my website for more details on my practice or contact me directly to discuss how treatment can improve your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Issues I commonly treat:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Specific Phobias- Agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, including complex presentations
Impulse Control Disorders - DermaTrichotillomania (skin picking, hair pulling)
Trauma Survivors, PTSD
Victims of Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse
Depression & Mood Disorders
Womens Issues-Adjusting to Motherhood, Balancing Family & Career, Post-Partum Struggles, Menopause Related Issues