My Approach to Helping
Do you wonder if you are depressed? Do you worry too much? Are you a person in transition? If you can't talk to your friends (or you can't keep talking about it to your friends) but the same thoughts keep going round and round in your head... Talking to a therapist can help you name and create goals to help you get past the spin of the same thoughts. Together we can come up with solutions; test out what works and what doesn't. You don't have to be alone trying and failing to solve that issue you've been working on too long. You can feel better and have a happier life.
One of the more common reasons people resist therapy is feeling like they "know everything you're going to say." The problem is "I'm not doing it!" We are all awash in self help information. The problem is sorting out and using the information in a successful way. And with busy lives and numerous, competing pulls on our attention including just taking a break from all the demands!, we have trouble staying on task. Therapy can help grow self knowledge, handle the discouraging self talk of a setback.
More Info About My Practice
I work evenings Monday through Thursday.
I take most insurance plans. I also take private pay clients.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Therapy is a process. That said, therapy has a distinct beginning phase, a middle phase and an ending phase. Many factors make up how fast people move through the stages. The beginning stage usually feels good. The feeling of finally tackling the problem is motivating. You begin to see results. Middle stage is more about success and failure as you begin to understand yourself better and learn what works for you. The last stage is about solidifying your results. You come much less often. You have learned about yourself, what works and what doesn't. Therapy is a process that works!
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
If you were limping because of a painful knee, you would most likely see a doctor. Sure you might try ice first, try heat, stay off it for a bit. But if nothing worked, you would go to a doctor. Going to therapy to address a problem, figure out why you feel sad, angry or worried and irritable all the time, is the same.
Everyone who comes to see me has tried their best to solve the issue. They haven't been successful. Or they've been successful for a while but the problem comes back. No one who sees me is weak. I am often amazed at how strong people can be coping on their own. Take care of yourself. You can feel better.