My Approach to Helping
If you choose to work with me, you will travel the road to reducing fears and doubts.
After the better part of two decades in the field of change work, I have learned that the words we speak over our own lives deeply influence how well we perform. Often those words have to change.
My job in the therapy consulting room is to reflect back to yourself what is truly happening in your life.. Then we really get to work on changing the story and the behavior, to change the outcomes. Members of our practice use tools like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as Clinical Hypnosis.
More Info About My Practice
I accept Medicare (Traditional Plan) and NJ Medicaid (NJ FamilyCare), and work with your out-of-network insurance benefits.
If you cannot afford our fee out-of-pocket and you do not have insurance, we can work out a reduced fee for those who demonstrate the financial need.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
My own deep passion in this field is changing the seemingly impossible into the possible. I see the mind as casting a magic spell, all the time, manifesting the reality of a person's life. If the mind changes, the spell it casts changes. The outcome changes too, once the magic spell is different.
Most people who come to therapy have had trouble because they have believed that their past is reason for their present, and that the future will stay the same too, because the future will look just like the present. If things have been hard, they assume things will stay hard.
It is just not true, and with the right help, the present can change, and the future will be brighter than previously imagined.
This work is a great privilege for me, and I see it as a sacred trust between me and you. I am serious about only having positive people in my practice, so whether you are working with me or someone else, you are receiving help that is always on the side of you making great improvements to your life experience.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I'm a counseling psychologist. This movement emerged from the mental hygiene movement in America. Basically, counseling psychologists believe that there is always more right with you than wrong with you. We are loathe to pathologize. Instead, we believe (as many behaviorally trained people do) that your learning experiences shaped you, and your responses were adaptive to the stress you experienced. Sometimes those patterns need revising, and our job is to help you retain the things that have worked well, and identify new patterns that work even better.
Thus, diagnosis is only useful as a way for me to communicate with other doctors and insurance companies, so that we share a clinical lexicon. Outside of that, it should be understood that in the view of our practice, no disorder fully describes you. You are much bigger than any diagnosis you could ever have. We have unlimited faith in your potential to live a full, rich, empowered life and moving past any challenges you face at the current time.