My Approach to Helping
Hello, and thanks for reading my profile. I am a mom to two wonderful boys and we recently moved to Sarasota, FL. from Rhode Island. I started working in the Mental Health field in 1989 in a Community Mental Health Center in Rhode Island. My observations of my mother's mental health treatment fueled my decision to become a therapist. As long as I can remember, I knew that I was going to make a real difference in people's lives. I knew that I was highly compassionate, that I would approach treatment in different, varied ways from what my mom experienced. I respect all individuals and I can see the good in everyone. I treat each person like they are worthwhile and I believe that we can all gain a higher quality of life. Sometimes everyone needs a little help to accomplish this and that is where I come in!
I am constantly seeking new, effective treatments that can also be enjoyable. I am a big animal lover, and believe in the power of animals to enrich our lives and trigger our compassion. For that reason, I include animals in my practice. Being greeted by two wagging tails can be highly uplifting!
More Info About My Practice
I believe that offering a variety of therapeutic approaches increases patient wellness. I offer interactive metronome, animal-assisted therapy, and neurofeedback. These effective approaches are fun, and can be highly effective for those who find traditional therapy challenging or who struggle to verbalize their feelings.
I also offer convenient video conferencing therapy. You don't need to be a computer expert to try this approach. Video conferencing makes therapy more accessible, allowing clients to attend sessions while away from home, as well as offering therapy to those who have busy schedules or who are homebound.
I accept many insurances and offer a sliding scale fee schedule.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Going to therapy is no different than going to a doctor for a physical problem. As a society, we tend to look at emotional well being as a skill or as a matter of will power without considering the physiological affects of stress. Stress can create profound physical changes including changes in body chemistry which can lead to physiological depression or anxiety. For many people going to therapy can improve quality of life, physical health and remove obstacles to personal growth. In therapy, I like to remind people that emotional well being has a behavioral and physical component and I am here acting as an investigator and a coach. Therapy is a team effort and anyone can use direction once in a while.