My Approach to Helping
The decision to engage in therapy requires courage. I believe my role as your therapist is to provide a safe, nonthreatening environment that encourages exploration of past experiences that may trigger undesired behavior or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Addressing painful, uncomfortable issues can be overwhelming. I can help you navigate through this difficult time and reevaluate your life. I employ various therapeutic techniques that can help you work toward resolution of the issues you wish to address.
The benefits of therapy may seem subtle but can have a positive and lasting impact on self esteem and confidence which in turn influences all areas of your life. I believe the counseling relationship is an important element of the therapeutic process providing a safe environment and allowing you the opportunity to work toward change.
More Info About My Practice
My office is conveniently located south of Annapolis in Riva and I offer evening appointment hours. My hourly fee is $80.00. I do accept several insurance plans and will provide documentation for reimbursement from your insurer in the event I do not have an agreement with your insurance company.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My career began in a substance abuse clinic that included many people mandated from the courts who initially had no desire to address the impact addiction had had upon their lives. The experience helped shape my treatment philosophy and the realization that while theoretical orientation is important, it does not replace the interaction and relationship that develops between two people in therapy. I continue to work with people suffering from addiction and have come to recognize other factors involved in substance abuse including depression, anxiety and impulsive behaviors.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Understanding and honoring the culture and belief system people allow to guide them through life is valuable to a therapist. When someone views asking for for help with personal or emotional concerns as weak, it's beneficial to gently explore their belief system and how they arrived at that conclusion. We live in a world in which many people do not have the benefit of seeking objective viewpoints or have no one with whom to question personal thoughts and feelings. Contrary to viewing therapy as a sign of weakness, I believe it requires courage to ask for help.