My Approach to Helping
Working with people who are struggling with their issues is very rewarding and humbling. It is always different, keeps me energized and feeling like I am in a small way contributing to a better world.
I encourage people to make the effort to accept those parts of their personality that they don't feel good about because of how it will lead the way to change that allows us to connect more deeply with the ones we love. Self-understanding and acceptance is a critical focus of how I approach problems that are presented in therapy.
Another approach of how I work is to assist others to be attentive, mindful, and curious about how their values, priorities, beliefs, and decisions shape the outcome and either help or hinder getting what they want.
More Info About My Practice
I am on the panel of several insurance companies and am will make the phone calls and get the details of the insurance co-payment and deductible so the out of pocket cost is clear to the person coming in for therapy. I will also do the insurance billing and follow up if there are insurance problems.
For those who have no insurance, the first session is $150 and thereafter $125 for couples and families and $110 for individual appointments. All sessions are 45 minutes unless we contract for a longer period and then the fees are pro-rated. I am the only therapist in the office and have no staff, so it is as confidential, quiet, and private as it could be. My hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday through Friday, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Relationship issues, couples counseling, depression, and anxiety are at the heart of my practice.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Having a safe place to explore and talk about what is causing the difficulty and pain in one's life leads to an awareness of possibilities that have not been considered. Acceptance of the various feelings that create a sense of feeling crazy can help minimize some of the pain and give us a sense of "this is how life is, complicated, varied, mixed up, and challenging."
And at the same time, this "craziness is normal." Sometimes problem-solving is what is wanted, and that is best done with becoming aware of feelings, values, intentions and how to direct one's attention.