My Approach to Helping
If you choose to work with me, you will travel the road to reducing fears and doubts.
You are standing at the beginning of a bridge to a brighter future, if you are here. Whether you select me or one of the other people on this site, you are making a courageous decision to effect inspired change in your own life. My only job is to advance you. First, I say: I admire you for taking this step. Congratulations. Keep going!
After the better part of two decades in the field of change work, I deeply believe that our own words, about our own lives, set our own course. A positive life experience features positive words almost all the time. While we cannot control all the things that happen, we all have the power to greatly affect and improve the impact, changing negative things to our favor. While this power is a gift anyone can claim, anytime, it also is a huge responsibility (to ourselves and all who love us) and we often need help to do it.
My job in the therapy consulting room is to have you speak your unique words about your life out loud. Then we really get to work on changing the story and the behavior, to change the life. I have special tools, like neurolinguistic programming (NLP), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and a great deal of training (more than 200 hours) in hypnosis, to help you do it in a way more profoundly than ever before.
I hope you will continue to move forward. Whether you choose me or someone else, I am thrilled you are on the road to change and urge you to keep going!
More Info About My Practice
I accept Medicare and work with your out-of-network insurance benefits. As of now, I am the only provider in the practice for Medicare.
Our practice will gladly work with your out-of-network benefits, meaning we will take the deductible and copay up front, then wait for the insurance companies to send the checks to me or you. A lot of practitioners take the whole fee up front, and you get reimbursed. While this would be easier for our practice, we think making it easier for you is a better way to maintain a good working relationship.
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. Please do not hesitate to ask. Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.
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.