My Approach to Helping
People enter therapy because something significant in their lives is not working and is causing distress. Welcoming individuals with respect and acceptance is important to me and to the success of the therapeutic process. I believe that humans who can be honest with themselves are capable- with guidance- of making positive changes in their lives. Some people need more direction with support. Others need to have a safe place and person with whom to find their authentic selves. Everyone come in with a story; and I listen to what the client wants and offer
several avenues to achieve the goals.
There is a mixture of work on feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and body sensations that occurs. During my thirty years in practice, I have trained in Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Cognitive Therapy, Body-oriented psychotherapy, Stress Management tools, and Crisis work. Using an integrated approach allows me to tailor the sessions to the needs of the individual or couple.
The individual who is ready to move toward more fulfillment in life will practice the communication skills or internal listening to move negative self-talk into a more compassionate view of self. For some people, spirituality is an important piece to examine. Whatever the perspective, people need to find their place in the world, what life means, and how to feel comfortable in one's skin. I work with everyone with an understanding of their experiences, creating the best opportunity to grow and increase coping skills.
More Info About My Practice
My fees are moderate; and I will discuss a sliding fee scale with you if needed.
I am on several insurance panels including BCBS, Cigna, Magellan, UBH, Aetna, Medcost, and Medicare.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
There are several types of issues in which I have both training and experience.
I work with people who may require fewer sessions- issues relating to high stress situations at work or at home. I also have helped many people explore and implement their desire to change jobs or careers.
A significant number of my clients have lived through childhoods with varying degrees of verbal, physical, sexual abuse, and/or neglect, sometimes accompanied by parents with addictions. There are several methods I use with people who have low self-esteem, as well as anxiety and depression. Some of these people have addictions too. I work with people seeking sobriety as well as those with many years clean and sober.
And I see couples in varied levels of distress who need to work on communication, giving and receiving, and sometimes forgiveness.
Finally, grief and loss are part of the human experience; and people come in to find peace and acceptance after painful situations.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Since I believe in the human potential to move through challenging situations, I welcome
the opportunity to play a role in the releasing of pain, resolving inner conflicts, and opening to a more joyful and content life.
It is gratifying to see people who felt helpless, hopeless, angry, and/or stuck blossom into empowered, confident people.