My Approach to Helping
Have a problem? Let's begin to solve it! My approach to therapy is from a cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral (CBT, DBT), solution-focused perspective where the main goal is to restore stability, happiness and optimal functioning. Therapy is not just having someone to speak with; psychologists are professionally-trained listeners who can help you identify the source of the problem, work through emotional issues, and help you realize positive changes in your life. We all make mistakes and have problems; what matters is how we make choices to deal with the struggles that affect our lives. I'd love to work with you in the recovery process where we shift from a state of confusion and pain toward happiness, hope, and healing.
More Info About My Practice
Rates range from $150 to $175 depending on type of session needed and frequency. I accept cash, credit cards, and checks. You can also pay with your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) which many employers offer. I do not accept insurance directly, but can submit a claim to your insurance on your behalf. You can email me or give me a call at 480-409-2820
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I love helping clients get "unstuck". We have a tendency to feel helpless, hopeless, and overwhelmed when we find ourselves in a situation that's unpleasant, painful, or against what we truly want for ourselves and our lives. Therapy can be a great way to resolve internal and external conflicts, make a decision about a very sensitive issue, and create a plan toward a happier version of your life.
My Role as a Therapist
I view my role as a psychologist as being your skilled, caring, thoughtful, funny, yet professional and challenging companion along life's journey. The sessions belong to you so I'm going to provide you with what you tell me you need as well as what my clinical training is telling me you may benefit from hearing. We are going to have a unique relationship where I have your best interest in mind until you can do that for yourself. Then we won't hang out as much anymore cause therapy will no longer be needed.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We all need therapy at some point in our lives, but only those who truly want something to change in their lives will dare reach out to start the process. Therapy is willingness to look into a figurative "mirror" and asking yourself if you truly like what you see: who you are, who you're with, what you're doing, what's happening to you and for you, etc. If there are areas you want to change, therapy is the platform to create a game plan for that!
The idea of therapy can be scary because you'll be meeting one on one with a "stranger" who will ultimately get to know all about you- you have to share your inner most secrets, fears, and insecurities. Believe it or not many people would rather keep pretending, whether because their denial is so deep or because they are afraid to hear that they need to change...some people simply aren't emotionally strong enough to admit that they need help. My stance is....you deserve help, we all do. There is no reason we should keep suffering, keep hoping, keep pretending.
Willingness to go to therapy means you value yourself, you value those in your inner circle, and you are willing to give yourself the best chance at a happy life.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The relationship a client ultimately develops with their therapist is critical. This is a very unique relationship because the therapist will ideally know all about the client yet the client will not always know too much about his/her therapist because the focus is entirely on the client's wants and needs, the client's values and life goals. Some therapists may use themselves and their life experiences as examples to relate or teach a client something, but really- therapy should never be about or for the therapist.
Clients need to be willing to be entirely honest, completely vulnerable, and so it's extremely important to only work with a provider that you know you can trust. Research the different degrees, credentials, and modalities of therapy to find your best fit. Then, you might even want to set up initial appointments with various providers before choosing someone you want to allow into your personal journey.