My Approach to Helping
Do you frequently find yourself asking questions like, "Why do I always..." Or "What is wrong with me that I always..."? Life can sometimes feel like a straw finger puzzle, the more you pull, the tighter the grip. And when obstacles keep you from reaching your goals, it's easy to find yourself in an endless cycle of self-analysis, judgment and blame. For over twenty years I have specialized in helping people get unstuck and start finding realistic, compassionate solutions. Through a respectful, interactive process of listening and questioning, I can help you clarify your frustrations as well as your dreams and hopes. I can help you discover new skills for exiting from painful spirals of shame, guilt and worry. And together we can identify the strategies - the words and actions - to get yourself, or your relationship, back on track, and out of the trap of blame and anger.
More Info About My Practice
I believe that choosing the right therapist is very important, and I encourage clients to try out a few initial sessions to make sure it is the right fit. I see many clients who travel extensively or have demanding schedules, and I therefore I try to maintain flexibility about the frequency and timing of sessions. My full fee is $160 for a fifty minute session. I also have a sliding scale. I make every reasonable effort to make sure that the financial costs of therapy do not outweigh the benefits. I am not a member of any insurance network, but will help provide you with necessary paperwork for reimbursement by private insurance. I have appointments available from 8:00am to 7:00pm. My office is located a block from the Rockridge BART station.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I have a lot of optimism, and a firm belief that everyone has an innate capacity for growth and change. This belief stems from a conviction that life is inherentlyfull of challenges. I see emotional and psychological conflict as a normal response to life's frustrations. I therefore don't see people as their "problem" or "diagnosis", but rather as human beings engaged as best they can in their lives. What thrills me the most in my every day experience of being a psychotherapist is helping my clients express and learn self-acceptance for the painful feelings that may have brought them to therapy, while also helping them change the things they wish to be different. I love helping my clients discover that they are much "bigger" than their problems, and that they possess enormous skills, strengths and resources, even in the midst of the most daunting challenges.