My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy, coaching, and consultation are all relationship-based processes that can move people closer to becoming their most ideal and authentic selves. I am devoted to helping my clients discover the parts of themselves that are affirming, passionate, and healthy. These are elements that exist in all of us, but sometimes an on-going pattern of high-stress, overwhelming life transitions, traumas, and losses may mask them from our consciousness. My goal for my clients is to take time with them to carefully examine their life challenges so we can better understand the steps we need to take to uncover their strength and resilience. I encourage everyone who would want to invest the time in further developing their potential to live a full and satisfying life to consider the possibility of working with a professional committed to their social and emotional growth and overall well-being. I also believe that clients need tools and strategies to construct relationships with themselves and others, in addition to self awareness and insight. Knowledge of self and practical techniques for living go hand in hand. I am always honored to be allowed to guide individuals on their road to holistic health.
More Info About My Practice
I am on several insurance panels: Blue Shield Of California, Magellan, Cigna, MHN, Beacon Health Options, and Medicare. I am also able to accept cash, credit, and personal checks. I have convenient office hours on the weekend, and weekday evenings , and I am able to provide telephone support or psychotherapy for California residents.
My office is located in downtown San Francisco near BART, MUNI, and nearby parking garages.
The length of services is determined by each individual client's need. I am able to tailor my services for those who would like longer sessions (e.g. longer than one hour). The number of sessions I offer to each client will be determined at the start of my work with them. Some clients may only need to meet for a few weeks, and others may be benefit the most from sessions over a few months. My goal is to ensure that I am working in sync with each client and providing a flexible structure in our relationship.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
The process of psychotherapy can be quite mysterious. Because the process is private, few people who have not been in therapy know what to expect. A good therapeutic experience is characterized by clear expectations being stated at the outset of the work. There should be very few surprises about how you and your therapist will work together. The process will start off slowly with the client and therapist getting to know each other, and sharing information about the parts of themselves that are appropriate for each one's role. The client will share details about their concerns, and the therapist will share their ideas about how to address those issues. The working phase of the therapy can be most challenging. Clients often explore and confront beliefs and thought patterns that may have never been confronted or explored. The therapist is there to help the client tolerate the difficult feelings that can arise during this phase of the work. Lastly, the client should feel some resolution to their problems. They should have a clearer idea of how to move forward in the future to manage the other inevitable challenges in life. In the end, a positive therapeutic process will have helped a client become more confident in their ability to function well all aspects of their lives.