My Approach to Helping
My goal as a clinician is to facilitate the change a client is ready to make in their lives. Clients enter treatment with varying levels of readiness to commit to change. Therapy is an endeavor in which one can explore their ambivalence, construct personal and interpersonal goals, build a more stable sense of identity, and devise the steps needed to achieve their objectives. I take a strength-based approach to increasing client's resiliency towards meeting the many challenges that life poses. I view the therapeutic alliance as empowering and collaborative, involving a mutual effort between the therapist and the client in reconciling the differences between who the client is with whom she or he wishes to be.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Wisconsin. I provide psychotherapy services to adolescents and adults with a range of clinical needs, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, identity development, interpersonal challenges, trauma, psychosis, substance use, and stress-related difficulties. I take an eclectic approach to treatment, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and humanistic techniques. In other words, I am flexible in my work with clients and meet them where they are. I see the working relationship as the primary vehicle of change.
I also provide psychological evaluations to individuals across the lifespan for a variety of referral reasons. I am currently an instructor with the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and teach courses in psychological assessment.
More Info About My Practice
As of October of 2020, I am no longer available to accept new psychotherapy clients. Effective March 16, 2020, my psychotherapy practice will be exclusively online due to the health concerns associated with COVID-19. I use a confidential, HIPAA-compliant web portal to facilitate this, and clients only need an internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. This is a temporary alternative to in-person services and allows for the least possible disruption in care. Most insurance companies accept this as a billable service, at least temporarily. I encourage everyone to contact their specific carrier ahead of time for more details.
I am providing psychological evaluations on a case-by-case basis, and I make efforts to conduct the full evaluation using technology rather than in-person. With some evaluations, a small degree of in-person services may be necessary to best answer the referral question. In such cases, the client and the provider may schedule a face-to-face session to complete portions of the evaluation that are not possible in an online format. The decision to conduct testing services in-person will be made on a case-by-case basis and will vary based on the nature of the assessment, urgency of the referral, and appropriateness of the referral for online services, among other factors. Clients who are higher risk for complications from exposure to COVID-19 (e.g., the elderly or those with underlying health conditions) may be asked to postpone any in-person testing appointments until government authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control, deem it is safe to do so.