My Approach to Helping
As both an art therapist and licensed mental health counselor, my philosophy is one of collaboration, creativity and consistency. I understand that everyone is an individual, with their own unique experiences and story. As your therapist, I truly believe that you are the expert of your own life, not me. I will work with you to identify your goals and best approach to your treatment. I have an eclectic and holistic approach, with a diversity of tools and strategies to help you progress on your own personal journey--whatever that may be.
At times, there may be thoughts or feelings that are difficult to express with words. I can help you understand and express yourself through other creative means: using drawing, collage, paint, sculpture or poetry can be a powerful way to gain personal insight and self-awareness. In addition to art therapy, I sometimes incorporate mindfulness and relaxation skills as a way to decrease anxiety and strengthen self-soothing skills.
More Info About My Practice
I currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim, Aetna, Beacon, NHP, Network Health Insurance and Tufts Public plans. Sessions not covered by insurance are $150 for the initial intake, and $100 for subsequent sessions.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love most about being a therapist is the opportunity to help people on their life's path, and help them realize their full potential. The most beautiful moment is to be able to witness someone's "aha moment" -- when they realize a hidden strength, or surprise themselves in a good way. As an art therapist, I am passionate about the power of art-making to help people discover or express themselves when words are either "too much" or "too little." I love helping others discover their own inner strengths and tools to help themselves make the necessary changes in their lives.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
In order for therapy to be most effective, I encourage my clients to be as honest as they can with their feelings and concerns; In turn, I promise to be honest, sincere, compassionate and consistent. It is important to me that our therapeutic relationship is based on feelings of equality and trust. Your emotional and physical health is my primary concern and I will work hard to help you achieve the healthiest you.