My Approach to Helping
I'm really glad you've decided to seek out counseling. Right now, you might be feeling down, anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed. Still, deciding to bring someone alongside you to support you as you work toward change and growth is a great first step. I enjoy helping clients identify their strengths, learn new ways of handling stress and difficult emotions, and work toward meaningful change.
I work with adults in counseling who are struggling with a number of concerns, including depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, relationship problems, personal growth, and career issues. I use an integrative approach which blends perspectives and techniques from humanistic, emotion-focused, and relational-cultural therapies.
I also offer psychological testing for adults, adolescents, and children ages 6+. I have expertise in assessment for a variety of issues, including behavioral problems, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and learning disabilities.
More Info About My Practice
For counseling and testing, I currently accept self-pay clients and BCBS, Cigna, United, Optum, and Midlands Choice. I offer evening appointments.
My Role as a Therapist
I don't have all the answers or a magic wand. Sometimes, I wish I did! Still, I feel strongly that counseling can offer each client a valuable opportunity to work with someone who will help them see things in new ways, identify their strengths, delve into their thoughts and emotions, and approach their struggles with new insight and skills. As a counselor, I aim to be warm, supportive and appropriately challenging.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The duration and frequency of therapy are flexible. During our first couple sessions, you and I can talk about what brings you to therapy as well as your therapy goals. This will guide us in deciding how frequently we should meet. Many clients choose to meet once weekly. Others choose to meet less often (e.g., twice a month, once a month). This can also change as you progress in therapy!
Some clients have a handful of therapy sessions and decide they have met their goals and made significant progress. Others will meet with the same therapist for quite a bit longer. This will largely depend on what brings you in and how therapy progresses! I see it as part of my role to encourage regular 'check-ins' about how therapy is going for you and how comfortable you feel with the frequency and duration of your sessions.