My Approach to Helping
Among the billions of people on this planet, you have something that no one else has: your story - your perceptions, your interpretations, your thoughts, your voice, your worldview. And that's what makes you a unique individual, different than anybody else. Because of that there is no one solution or treatment approach that works for everyone, which is why we will collaboratively explore how to best work with your unique and exclusive needs.
I believe that you are likely doing the very best you can in your current situation but may continue to feel hopeless, confused, paralyzed or overwhelmed. Every one of us has gone through troubling times during their lives. Not all of us have the social support, emotional stability or coping skills to manage them. We will work together to find out what is most important to you in your life and we'll figure out ways to build your life around that. Together we will face the obstacles that are holding you back. You will feel empowered to create the life that you want.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is in a standalone building with its own private entrance to ensure your confidentiality. We are 3 blocks from the beach. I am flexible with my hours and can see clients early morning or as late at 9pm. I have appointments on weekends if needed.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My clinical interest is in chronic mental conditions such as mood and thought irregularities as well as Asperger's Syndrome (for adolescents and adults). Specifically I like working with anxiety, depression, bipolar and schizophrenia.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Some people have been previously diagnosed prior to coming to see me. Understand that most of the diagnoses are generally "working diagnoses" meaning that you are diagnosed based on the information provided by you to the clinician at the time. Sometimes people are not able to recall accurate information about their symptoms, their recollection is skewed due to their illness or they minimize their symptoms. This can lead to a misdiagnosis. There are four specific lines of evidence that I look for in diagnosing a client: Symptoms, genetics (mental illness runs in families), course of illness (there are usually characteristic patterns) and treatment (what has worked or not worked in the past). Of course if the problem is more situational and involves a life stressor, such as relationship issues, loss, family, financial, physical illness, job etc...I would look at your environment to see how the environment is maintaining the problem and what you can do to change it. Additionally I would want to know what has worked for you in the past, whether or not you have social support, and what your resources are for alternative activities.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Most people fall somewhere on the spectrum of a specific illness; some to the point of a diagnosis requiring medication and/or hospitalization and others where the symptoms impair their functionality only moderately. A disorder is more like a susceptibility or predisposition to the mental illness. That's important because it means that most people can have a normal, functioning, satisfied life if they monitor their moods, triggers, medication, environment, stress levels etc...to the point of anticipating the resulting symptoms. I will assist you with monitoring your lifestyle, identifying those events or stimuli that trigger your symptoms and provide evidence-based strategies and interventions so that you reduce the time you spend at the extreme ends of the spectrum.