My Approach to Helping
I am a down-to-earth, practical, warm, and dedicated therapist. People have always told me I am a good listener and easy to talk to, and as a result, I think my clients become comfortable with me quickly.
The style of therapy I use depends to some extent on the client's issue(s) and what style they seem most responsive to. I do my best to balance practical support and concrete problem-solving with deeper psychological exploration of self and relationship patterns. I believe therapy should be an interactive, collaborative process, and I know that most clients want a therapist who will do more than just listening. I offer my reactions, tools, and feedback - but ultimately, I respect you, my client, as the authority on your own life. You know yourself best, and my job is to help you access your own wisdom, values, and best qualities to make wise choices and improve your quality of life.
I can help you address worthwhile goals such as: increasing joy and life satisfaction; feeling calmer/decreasing stress; shedding unhelpful beliefs and habits; assessing the health of your marriage/relationship; recovering from a breakup/divorce; & improving your relationship with food or alcohol.
I am fascinated by people's stories and the unique ways each person rises to the challenges in their lives. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I am LGBTQIQ-friendly.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to talk therapy, I also offer hypnosis. It can be either incorporated into the ongoing psychotherapy (if appropriate and desired), or used as a stand-alone, shorter-term intervention for a specific purpose such as improving sleep. I specialize in smoking cessation.
I am a provider for some health insurance plans, and for the other insurances, I provide superbills so clients with out-of-network benefits can seek partial reimbursement. If you have questions about how insurance works, see my website or ask me directly - I'm happy to help.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
There is something inherently transformational about self-disclosure (talking about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences) - especially in the presence of an attentive and benevolent listener.
Therapy is like going to the Church of You. It's a commitment to focusing on yourself, your relationships, and the Big Picture for an hour each week, with the intention of improving your quality of life. Life is busy and full of distractions, and it's easy to get overwhelmed, lost, or disconnected from ourselves and others.
People come to therapy for many different reasons. As a therapist, I am a witness and a guide, and what I have to offer you depends on what you need or lack. Sometimes you may need concrete, practical support, such as information or "tools". For some, I will make my greatest impact by listening deeper than they've ever been listened to before. For others, I may be creating an atmosphere of safety that comforts or liberates them. I hope that every client experiences a space to be honest and authentic without judgment. For some who have significant longstanding difficulties in relationships, our work together may be a slower, gradually unfolding firsthand experience of what a healthy and trusting relationship is. The purpose of this is to heal and to provide a model or reference point for developing healthy relationships outside the therapy office.