My Approach to Helping
We support couples, families, and individuals who want to better understand, and improve, their relationship with themselves and others. This work often includes identifying negative patterns between partners that get in the way of connection and closeness. Through compassionately guided exploration, each partner discovers more meaningful ways to express their needs and meet those of their partner. We help our individual clients overcome challenges anxiety, understanding and healing depression, accepting medical diagnoses, celebrating life and grieving loss, and healing from trauma. Our therapy techniques are guided by research-proven methods and we are always being mindful of the client's unique needs.
More Info About My Practice
Our fees have been set with great consideration to our desire to provide affordable care and also recognize the extensive ongoing investment each of our clinicians make towards training and development. Though we do not work with insurance companies, we do offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments which are determined by the client's specific financial situation. Please call me or email me to discuss.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
The most fulfilling part of being a therapist is witnessing a client's growth either within themselves or in their relationships. Most clients enter a therapy office for the first time with 'protective armor' around their vulnerabilities and it is an honor when they allow themselves to remove it and trust me enough to walk with them through the therapy process. As they gain new insight and understanding about themselves and/or their partner, their experience of life in general becomes more joyful. THAT is what we love about being a therapist.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
In addition to meeting all of the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, we believe it is important to be mindful of our own strengths and areas where we can grow. We are committed to ongoing supervision, education and enlightenment. Our clients deserve for us to be dedicated to our own self care - both physically and emotionally - to ensure we are best able to provide unbiased and unhindered care for them. When approached by a client who struggles in an area we are not familiar, we work diligently with the client to help them find a well qualified therapist who can best help him/her/them. We are often heard saying 'Do the right thing and the right thing will happen' and this has proven true for us over and over.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
When talking with someone who is ambivalent about therapy, we first seek to understand their ambivalence so we can know how it came to be. For those who have never participated in therapy, they may be dealing with the social stigma that only flawed or weak people seek therapy. Others may have had a previous therapy experience that was painful, difficult or just unproductive. Whatever the reason for the ambivalence, it is important we understand that reason because that greatly impacts the 'advice' we would offer. It mostly comes down to answering questions, de-mystifying the process and ensuring the client that the experience has the potential to be freeing, productive and effective for their specific needs.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The most influential factor of effective therapy is the alliance between the therapist and the client. It is very important clients have a positive 'gut' feeling about their therapist. Their ability to trust their therapist, believe in their skill and feel comfortable sharing their story and their vulnerabilities is critical to successful therapy. Unfortunately, knowing your therapist in this way only comes with talking to them (phone consultation) or meeting them. However when initially researching therapists, we encourage clients to ask about the therapeutic models they use for different situations and ensure these models are empirically supported with outcomes data to illustrate effectiveness. We also think location is very important. If it is difficult to travel to your therapist, you will experience stress as you try to get there for your appointments and this will likely impact the frequency of appointments and/or increase missed appointments which can hinder progress.