My Approach to Helping
It is essential that you find a therapist who works for you. My approach is very unique: I have blended the skills I've gained over years of being a therapist, with the elements of transpersonal psychology, family systems, coaching, and education. This allows me to offer those seeking immediate change and relief, strong, directive support and feedback. "Counseling" is focused on singular or minimal problem areas and can occur in a matter of just a few sessions. "Therapy" is the decision to go deeper...to look at the origins of your patterns and core self and can help to dramatically alter the course of your life. I will meet you where you are--to do the immediate or the deeper work that you desire. I will guide you to towards the center of yourself, and help you alleviate what isn't working in your life--so that you can create a life and a community that serves you and others.
More Info About My Practice
I am eager to assist you however I may. Currently, I am accepting clients between the hours of 9:00 and 6:00 pm. My fee is $165 per hour and when I see more than one person in the room, I prefer to see you all for 80 minutes, instead of the customary 50. The fee for this is $245. I only see clients in the evening and on weekends as needed for urgent situations.
I am also the Executive Director of CHI Recovery, an evidence-based treatment healthcare program for substance abuse, compulsions, addictions and also for mental health without substance abuse. I have an enormous amount of experience with dual diagnosis and prefer to treat clients collaboratively with others giving care when that is taking place.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
There are a number of different types of therapies out there, and every therapist can only bring themselves to the session. This means that there are many differences you might experience from one therapist to another. Some will be passive and let you lead the session. Others will be very formal and intellectual in how they work with your concerns. Therapists, like doctors, have specialties and those specialties may give you information about what kind of person they are. Sex therapist, for example, gives instruction. They are more likely to n=be talkative. Somatic therapists may be less so. While one may be calm, quietly empathic another can just as easily be laser-sharp, witty and playful! The therapist you approach may have their specialty area, they are most comfortable with and interested in--say somatic release, breathwork, hypnotism or EMDR.
I advise that all people seeking a therapist call at least three choices. Look up Yelp or Healthgrade reviews and ask friends for recommendations. If people you admire, admire a therapist, that's a good start! How long does the therapist take to get back to you? When you speak on the phone, tell them what you are looking for--do you want to be pushed or are you feeling pretty fragile and mostly, first, you need to feel safe and take this slow? Is there an urgency to your meeting? Share with them what is happening and ask them right off how they feel they can help. Do you feel good about the tone of their voice? Are they easy to talk to? Do you energetically feel relatively safe? Trust your instincts! People send off vibes, and you are pretty great about picking those up, so trust your gut.
And finally, be sure that you are choosing a person who can handle the areas of your concern. A new therapist may not have yet developed the skills to be effective in a high conflict divorce situation, but they might be great with issues of depression or grief. Addiction disorder, bipolar and other more complicated conditions should be treated by an experienced, seasoned provider. The more complex the disorders and combinations of stressors, the more skilled your provider should be--so ask them! Do you have much experience with... What kinds of solutions do you offer? And don't be afraid to ask the simplest questions of all--do you feel you can help me, and why?
Getting the therapists to do a lot of the talking on the phone is a great way to learn about them and to get a sense of if they might be a good match for you and your needs. One more thing: try different ones out! Just let the therapists know you are shopping and you would like to meet with them one time before committing to ongoing work together! You can really have what you need to feel safe...it just might take a couple tries to find that right person. Best wishes!
When choosing a therapist, you may wish to keep a few things in mind and ask every therapist you talk with during your selection process some of your prepared questions in advance. Consider not only