My Approach to Helping
I initially specialized in treating PTSD, and trauma therapy continues to be one of my main passions. A large part of my practice involves delivering therapy through telehealth (video) as a way to increase patients\' access to care and decrease the burden associated with seeking help but I also provide in-person psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments.
My approach to therapy tends to be more directive as I believe that many people lack having someone in their life who is able to gently confront you in your maladaptive coping mechanisms and patterns. The way to get towards a working relationship that can withstand directiveness is through building a safe place and strong working alliance in which you are able to receive genuine feedback. Many people can find someone to listen, but I believe therapy is most effective when there is open and honest dialogue between the client and therapist.
The cumulation of my training background has uniquely prepared me to work with a variety of clients- Veterans, rural residents, high powered professionals, caregivers, as well as those with a variety of presenting concerns- PTSDtrauma, mood disorders, and neurologic conditions (dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson\'s).
Reaching out for help is hard- it requires vulnerability. But, vulnerability is the space in which true growth occurs. I encourage all my patients to watch this inspirational video to inspire them to be vulnerable. I hope to hear from you and discover how we can navigate your journey together
More Info About My Practice
At the doctoral level (Ph.D), psychologists are uniquely trained in developing and fine tuning their clinical skills, while also familiarizing themselvesparticipating in research. Four years of graduate school has provided me with more direct supervision, coursework, and become a research-practitioner. Hopefully this helps explain the cost of therapy, and the difference commonly seen in the fees between master's level clinicians and psychologists (doctoral level).
I am also trained as a neuropsychologist having completed a year of internship in the clinical neuropsychology tract along with a two year clinical neuropsychology fellowship. Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships and uses standardizes tests to assess an individual's cognition and functioning for a wide range of neurological disorders (stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia).
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I appreciate a person's ability to recognize they are in need of outside assistance, whether it is due to a more recent stressor, or a chronic issue that has not been effectively resolved. My client's resiliency is humbling and fulfills me professionally and personally. I am honored to be able to share a client's journey with them and be a part of their lives for how ever long we work together. Seeking therapy is a sign of being emotionally vulnerable and investing in your future, both of which are noble. Oftentimes, reaching out for help is the most difficultdaunting part but I hope that whomever you work with, you find someone who is a good match.