My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy can be one of the most powerful tools we have to affect change in our lives and live as the people we want to be. If you already know the change you want to make, or even if you just feel lost or hopeless, we can work together to figure out simple, achievable steps towards the change you wish to see. In addition to a base of knowledge and resources, therapy provides a human connection that is honest, open, caring, and straightforward--it isn't just medical care; it's having a professional ally to help you reach your goals.
The thought of making positive changes can be intimidating and confusing, and you may feel as though you don't know where to start. My work is to help you think of those aspirations in a way in which they feel doable, and then to support and guide you as you work to achieve them.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have specific training and/or professional experience in the following areas:
Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, etc.), Communication Skills, Adolescent Issues, Trauma, Parenting and Family Functioning, Chronic Medical Issues, Aging and Elder Issues.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Diagnosis of specific "disorders" serves two important functions: first, it serves as a kind of shorthand that professionals can use to communicate that a person has a set of symptoms that are commonly seen together (such as communicating with your psychiatrist that you're interested in medication for Major Depressive Disorder), and second, they allow us to bill health insurance companies so we can stay in business.
That being said, I always find it a little frustrating when someone who knows a little about psychiatric diagnosis asks me if I "fix" people's disorders when they find out what I do for a living. It's a frustrating question because it gets the premise wrong--no one is broken! A pattern of thoughts or behaviors rises to the level of "disorder" when it starts to cause harm or get in the way of your goals or functioning. It's an obstacle you have to face, not something that defines you.