My Approach to Helping
I believe that people seek therapy to identify and change thought and relational patterns that are no longer helping them achieve their goals and/or prevent them from feeling good about themselves and their lives. I work with people in an interactive and collaborative way to identify these patterns and change them in a way that is more in line with their goals and values. My demeanor is grounded and approachable which enables people to feel comfortable working through what has brought them to my office. My ability to empathize, be patient and inject humor when appropriate helps helps me connect with people and meet them where they are at this time in their life.
More Info About My Practice
My fee ranges from $130-$180, so I reserve some appointment times for sliding scale clients. I accept MHN or Healthnet HMO and Medicare insurance. I can also provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement if I am not on your plan. If I'm not able to assist you I can probably connect you with other resources to get you the help that you are seeking.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My training and personal qualities mentioned in "my approach" section help me work effectively with people who are excessively self-critical, or those that have narcissistic parents, and those who often put the needs of others ahead of their own.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
It is important to find someone that you trust and feel comfortable with who is competent and licensed. Initially we'll talk on the phone to discuss what you'd like to work on then check in after a few sessions to see how things are working for you. Ultimately my goal is for you to feel better. If we realize that you need a different provider or process to achieve that goal I will help you make that step.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I generally see people once a week, but can meet more often if needed. Therapy is complete when the client has achieved the goal(s) they identified at the beginning of therapy or feels like they are able to effectively move forward on their own towards these goals. I've worked with people for several months to several years. Sometimes clients return to therapy years later. These things vary depending upon the needs of each individual.