My Approach to Helping
Are you feeling emotionally overwhelmed or stuck? If so, notice that you've already moved in a positive direction by searching for a therapist to help you overcome obstacles and guide you toward greater fulfillment. Change is not always easy, but it is always possible. Often, uncomfortable feelings or aspects of ourselves that we'd rather not confront get in the way. We hope to protect ourselves through avoidance, and yet avoidance is often the very reason we can't move forward.
Whether you're dealing with anxiety or depression, relationship difficulties, family conflict, life transitions, job or school stress, or painful experiences from your past, we can work together to address your concerns. We will uncover the meaning you attach to your thoughts, feelings and experiences so that you can consider alternative perspectives and choices to help you progress. I'll work with you to clarify your goals, identify steps to get there, and meet challenges along the way. We will take it one step at a time and work at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
I invite you to take the next step to contact me via phone or e-mail, or visit my website and simply click the "Schedule a Consultation" link. I look forward to meeting with you to determine how I can help you get on track.
More Info About My Practice
I am an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. If you have questions about your coverage or out-of-pocket expenses, I can help you determine the extent to which your insurance provider will reimburse for services and can also assist you with navigating the insurance claims process. Please contact me to discuss fees.
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How Psychotherapy Can Help
From time to time, we all experience unsettling emotions such as anger, resentment, sadness, disappointment, anxiety and frustration. Life is challenging, and sometimes circumstances (or our perception of the circumstances) flood our internal resources and make it hard to respond productively. Friends and family can be supportive, but it is an entirely different experience to work with a non-judgmental, impartial third party who has clinical expertise and who is focused exclusively on your needs.
Psychotherapy may be indicated if your feelings or behavior are causing you significant distress, are interfering with your daily life, andor are preventing you from reaching your goals. If you are feeling "stuck," psychotherapy can help to clarify your concerns and identify patterns of behavior so you can address problems more directly. If you've already identified obstacles to your progress, psychotherapy can build your problem-solving skills and help you develop strategies for moving forward. No matter where you are, I will meet you there and encourage you to take the next steps in your growth.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
One of the most crucial--but often overlooked--considerations is choosing a therapist is the fit between you and the therapist. Before scheduling a consultation, take some time to consider what's important to you in this potential new relationship. Focus on your own needs, goals, and preferences, and ask yourself:
What kind of relationship do I want with my therapist?
What role do I want my therapist to play in helping me work toward my goals?
What are the characteristics of the people I feel most comfortable around?
Which of my unmet needs would I like this therapist to meet?
What qualities in others really turn me off or make me shut down?
You must also consider the information provided by the therapist about their personality, therapeutic style, and other traits. How do they present themselves on their website or in their profiles in online therapy directories? What do they seem to focus on, and can you get a sense of how they work? An in-person consultation offers a great deal more information. Consider the "vibe" you get and your comfort level with this therapist. Pick up on cues in terms of their nonverbal communication, the physical environment of their office, and their conversational style. How do you feel in the presence of this therapist? All of these provide important information to help you gauge whether this therapist is the right fit for you.