My Approach to Helping
I believe all people deserve to feel their best and realize their true potential. The individuals, couples, and families that come to me for therapy are down and out, riddled with anxiety and conflict, and looking for a new lease on life. Using my years of experience and training and a variety of specialized skills and techniques, I help each of my clients find the strength within to overcome their personal challenges. As an eclectic practitioner with many years of experience working with the full gamut of human conditions, I match the approach and combine approaches based on the particular wants and needs of each client. I partner with my clients to discover what gets in the way of their happiness and inner peace and to rediscover the lives they want to live and to live them vibrantly!
More Info About My Practice
Each person confronts challenges in their life's journey, some more than others, but everyone hits at least one bump along the way. If you are reading my profile, you are contemplating therapy to improve your life andor your marital and family life in some way, an important life decision. Therefore, It is critical that you select a qualified, well-trained, and experienced therapist. I have worked as a therapist, counselor, supervisor, and program director for over 30 years. Over my career, I have practiced and supervised clinicians in inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and private practice settings, and have assessed and treated thousands of clients. The most important lesson I have learned from these experiences is that each person has a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, successes, and problems. I do not believe in a “one size fits all approach” to therapy as each person must be understood and treated as an individual. I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you on your life journey and to help you get to the place you want to be.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
One of my highly developed skills is facilitating interpersonal group therapy. I have completed intensive group training, and have taught group therapy to students, developing therapists, and psychiatric residents. I have also presented on the subject at professional conferences. I believe strongly in the power of groups and have seen my clients that have the courage to enter my groups realize more profound healing, improved self-esteem, and deeper satisfaction in their work and intimate relationships.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
One of the most common questions I am asked by a new client is how long it will take to resolve my issues and start feeling better. The answer to this question becomes clearer after I complete my assessment and come to understand the client's problems, personal strengths and resources in greater depth. Ultimately, the client determines when they have gotten what they need from therapy. Some clients get what they need in just a few sessions; others prefer a longer-term approach to healing and use therapy in an ongoing way to manage the emerging new challenges over the course of their life cycle. When the therapy relationship is strong, the client and therapist know when they have completed the work they set out to do. The frequency of therapy visits similarly varies. In the beginning phase of therapy, visits can be more frequent, but generally no more than twice per week. A typical course of therapy might be weekly visits for 3-6 months. Visits can gradually be reduced in frequency to every other week or monthly over time based on the client's progress and improvement in coping skills. Certain clients continue maintenance therapy, monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually.