My Approach to Helping
I believe that we are all meant to live happy lives, full of meaning. I feel strongly that the adversities we face in our lifetime can serve us well by providing us with the opportunity to gain a higher plain of purpose. My passion and excitement for providing psychotherapy stem from my desire to help individuals discover how they can use their negative experiences in a way that benefits their lives.
More Info About My Practice
I function from the perspective that my relationship with you is a collaborative one. You know you best. My role as a therapist is to help you discover what you already know, to help you quiet the negative thoughts that are holding you back, and to assist you on your path to self-realization.
My Therapy Focus
The services I provide are predominantly accessed via online therapy. This means of service delivery enables you to remain in the comfort of your own home during therapy sessions. Online therapy is also beneficial to gaining steady progress towards goals, as it ensures that you will be able to attend appointments regularly. The circumstances leading to appointment cancellations are minimized. For example, those who are homebound due to: medical or health issues; caretaking responsibilities; lack of transportation or lack of easy access to in-office therapy sessions; and inclement weather conditions, need not cancel their therapy sessions. In addition, I am able to offer lower session fees than the average office therapy session, because I do no have the overhead cost of renting office space for my online session with you. As long as you reside in New York State and are physically present in the State of New York during our remote sessions, my New York State psychotherapy license allows me to provide online therapy sessions to you.
My therapy style is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT theorizes that the way we think affects the way we feel and behave. My practice of CBT encourages you to examine the present, to be in the moment, and to practice new ways of thinking. I do not believe that It is usually necessary to continually rehash past painful events in order to make positive and significant changes in our lives. However, I will always strive to follow your lead. If one wants, or will benefit from, traditional psychodynamic therapy, then I will provide a mix of this traditional therapy along with CBT.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I recommend being pragmatic when choosing a therapist. While It is good to feel at ease with your therapist there are other important factors to consider. Choosing your therapist based on an emotional hunch alone may leave you disappointed in the long run. I recommend asking for a free consultation with a prospective therapist and asking the following questions, "What can I expect from each therapy session?" "What can I expect from the course of treatment with you?" "What is the average number of sessions that a client remains in therapy with you?" "How much experience have you had in working with clients who have a similar problem as I do?" "Given my problem, can you walk me through what a session with you might be like?" If you feel the therapist is listening to your concerns, is attentive and not dismissive, and appears to be comfortable answering these questions, then this therapist might be the right fit for you.