My Approach to Helping
Life is moving faster for everyone every day. Intrusive information, the need to multi-task, and speed up our lives reduces our ability to take perspective. Psychotherapy and psychological services offer you the ability to reflect, problem-solve, and grow as a human being, no matter where you come from or where you are headed. I provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere for you to feel truly accepted and able to find some peace and solutions.
I have a great deal of experience working with people from many walks of life, and struggling with various problems. I have worked in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation settings, addiction settings, and in private practice. I help people with sadness and depression, anxiety and stress, habit control issues, dissociative disorders, and chronic pain. I also specialize in mind-body therapies such as hypnosis and biofeedback. I work with the whole person, and attempt to approach problems from a well-rounded perspective.
More Info About My Practice
I am trained and have worked extensively with a number of therapeutic practices. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. Mostly, I will meet you as an individual, and find a way to use these techniques to safely and ethically guide you in a way that best helps you, from your unique perspective. Therapy can take many different directions. Often a person finds that they need help with self-esteem or stress. As you find those issues being reduced, you might wish to increase your quality of life in another area, such as an aspect of your career. The course of treatment is discovered and discussed as we proceed.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Some of the areas I have extensive experience working with are stress and anxiety, sadness, winter blues and depression, mood swings and bipolar disorder, trauma and PTSD, dissociative disorders, and chronic pain. I also have extensive work with weight loss and habit cessation, fears and phobias, and creative blocks.
I also provide psychological testing to confirm diagnoses for forensic issues, psychological clarity, IEPs, pre-bariatric surgery, adoptions, and dementia screening.
My Role as a Therapist
I see myself as more of a guide than an expert. However, from time to time I wear the "expert hat," depending on what is needed to help at the moment. As we work together, you may find yourself enjoying the exchange, and learning more as you develop confidence around your issues.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
A lot of misconceptions exist about what going to therapy means. What it means to society can be a number of things: the "canned therapist," how the relationship is supposed to work, lying on a couch, and the list goes on. Being in therapy does not mean that you are flawed. It means you are curious. I means you ask: "How good can my life be? What can I do to make myself feel more confident? How can I seek help to create more balance in my work and life?" Being in treatment does not mean you are flawed or broken. It means you are fearlessly finding your own sense of strength.