My Approach to Helping
Therapy can be a powerful tool for self-improvement. As a therapist, I provide an environment of unconditional support and understanding. By building a trusting and reliable relationship I help people to approach their concerns openly so they may increase awareness of themselves, reduce their distressing emotions, and build more satisfying relationships. I am trained in and practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT works by first helping people identify how their early learning experiences shaped their perceptions of present stressful events and how this influences their feelings and behavioral reactions. The next step in CBT is to build off of one's understanding of their patterns to create new ways of thinking about and responding to stressful situations. In so doing, people can increase how effectively they manage difficult situations and change old patterns.
More Info About My Practice
Do you often feel down on yourself or to blame? Do you often feel nervous and edgy, but not sure why? Are you having difficulty controlling your worries while others seem to just shrug things off? Are you missing the motivation to make the changes you want? Is it more difficult than you thought to cut down or quit drinking? I help people with depression and anxiety and substance abuse problems. Give me a call.
I am a CIGNA, Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO provider.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Most people seeking help are struggling with life problems, but the usual way that they cope just is not working. Some feel recurrent periods of dissatisfaction with their life and an accompanying sense that there is more potential for a satisfying life in the waiting. Some people talk to a therapist because they do not feel like they can talk to anyone else about what's bothering them. Everyone I have worked with has a unique life story complete with its hardships, challenges and triumphs. They may have been struggling on and off with feeling down or worried. Sometimes they thought about calling a therapist, but held out long enough that things seem to get better. For some, that is the usual course of things. For others, not seeking help means the problems of ongoing life dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety or problem drinking keep recurring and sometimes they worsen. Therapy helps people pull out of their depressed moods, tackle their anxiety, deal more effectively with interpersonal conflicts, and reduce or eliminate problematic substance abuse. It often helps people to also avoid the recurrence of such problems.
Sometimes, life just happens. Difficult, sometimes tragic and terribly unjust things also happen to us or to the people we love and it's just hard to bear it without someone to talk to. There's no shame in getting therapy. Asking for help may just be the bravest decision.