My Approach to Helping
I am a warm and compassionate therapist specializing in relationship and marriage counseling, depression, anxiety, personal growth, infidelity and trauma related issues. I help people manage difficult emotions they are experiencing related to both past and stressful sudden events. People often find it helps to have an objective person to talk to other than family and friends. I seek to help people increase their self confidence and decision making ability as well as help them improve conflict resolution and communication skills with others. Often the pain of what brings us into counseling is the gift that gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves and ultimately more joy in life.
More Info About My Practice
The session rate is $150 per 60 minute session. I am considered an "out of network" provider and certain PPO insurances may cover a portion of the fee. I can help you check with your insurance company for coverage information.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Over the years I have come across many couples with communication and infidelity issues. I have a unique couples therapy approach in which I meet with each person individually for the first two sessions, and then together as a couple for the third session and thereafter. People generally find this approach helpful as it allows them to express themselves enough so that I may understand each perspective thoroughly. This allows me to facilitate communication in the best possible way, as I am able to fully understand the main issues that need to be addressed. People are often relieved to be able to begin couples therapy in this way.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
It is my knowledge that the most highly functioning individuals actually seek out speaking to a therapist. There is a desire to sort out difficult emotions and it at times it proves to be not enough to rely on the ears of family and friends who may have their own opinions and not enough time to hear it all. It takes a very self-aware person to deal with and talk about personal issues in an attempt to resolve things and feel better. Seeing a therapist is a very personal issue, so people do not realize how common it is and are actually unaware of the high numbers of people who seek out therapy these days. As far as stigma goes, as with all personal information, some topics are better kept private. We all are aware that it is unhelpful and even damaging to get a negative reaction when one is already experiencing painful emotions.