My Approach to Helping
Adolescents and emerging adults are faced with multitudes of challenges as they move from dependence to independence, and in the process they and their families struggle to continuously re-establish an equilibrium. My role is to facilitate this growth and assist the functional communication among members of the family as well as be a sounding board for the young adult. My aim is to help young people understand needs and their manifestation. I welcome clients to ascertain which symptoms hinder their successful participation in life and work with them to discover how to overcome these barriers. Identifying strengths is central as it is the most valuable tool available. Therapy is a process of self-examination, which is scary, and seldom successful when undertaken alone. Together we recognize and change the issues that interfere with the realization of potential. Acquiring a better understanding of needs improves the ability to experience happiness now and in the future.
More Info About My Practice
As a courtesy, I will bill your insurance company, but ultimately you are responsible for any costs that the insurance company does not pay (up to either the amount I am contracted with them or my fee of $100 if I am not contracted with them). Please call your insurance company before your scheduled appointment to see how your policy pays for Behavioral Health, In-Network, and also for Out-of-Network therapy. Please be aware that with the use of insurance to pay for sessions, they gain the right to know your diagnosis, determine how many sessions you can have as well as the right to request additional information from the therapist to justify continued payment for your treatment. This information is given in a brief summary form as your confidentiality is important to me.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
As a therapist, I have witnessed growth and development, joy and pain. I have been invited into people's life in very intimate ways and I am forever grateful for the trust I experienced. I love to discover, with my clients, what are their underlying needs and how these present themselves in their lives. My goal is to create a team approach to developing solutions, as I truly believe that independence is not isolation, and therefore strengthening the ties to loved ones is essential. In my role, I have the opportunity to round off the edges of anger and strive to facilitate communication between family members. The more important the opinion of others is, the harder the individuation, and I constantly aspire to create a cooperative approach to the process of emerging as an adult. I am convinced that psychotherapy can contribute to the overall wellbeing of people and that people can stretch their abilities to be happy by learning strategies on how to understand their needs, better resolve conflicts and listen to each other in supportive and accepting ways.
My Role as a Therapist
Adolescents and young adults seem to have a lot of demands and expectations thrown their way, but little say in what and how they go about their lives. When the family or individual has decided to seek assistance, I presume that things are not going well. My role is to help with having every person be heard so that better communication and functioning occurs. I see myself as a facilitator and guide. You, my client are the expert, and I seek to understand your needs and vision and help express it as well and in the healthiest way possible.