My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is to help you get at the bottom of your pain, whatever it may be, rather than to give you suggestions for managing symptoms alone. As a clinical psychologist who is also a psychoanalyst, my sense is that with warmth, acceptance, curiosity, and patience, many of these underlying issues will finally come to the surface where we can really do something with them.
Prior to my training as a psychologist/psychoanalyst, I was also a pastor and seminary professor. Being able to walk alongside people, literally, from cradle to grave, has forever shown me the importance of God in people's lives. It is quite difficult to separate someone's spiritual concerns from their psychological ones. As a result, I welcome any exploration of spiritual matters you may have.
Since my psychoanalytic certification, I have also become an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider, trained in the most up-to-date research and treatment. In addition, I completed level III of the Gottman Method Couples' Training. For more information on Gottman couples therapy, see Gottman.com.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is fee-for-service, meaning that payment is due at the time of the session. If you have insurance, I am more than happy to give you everything you need to submit to your carrier so that they can reimburse you.
My standard fee is $210 per session, but I can lower it to $160 for people in need. For those who cannot afford that fee, I see a limited number of below-fee individuals at any given time.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Whether you are dealing with depression or anxiety, whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD or even a chronic illness, at least two issues tend to be true: 1) near the core of your suffering is at least one painful relationship that may be unresolved, and 2) at some point along the line, trauma has complicated your life. In other words, much of the suffering we experience can be traced back to an inadequate connection with a caregiver andor trauma of any kind that has left us feeling like the ground beneath our feet has disappeared. While we are working to bring down the immediate suffering in your life, we are also very aware of potential causes of that pain.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Bringing about significant, lasting change or growth requires an investment of time, money, and energy. In my practice I see people at least weekly. Those who are able to be seen more frequently I will see two to four times weekly, especially if we are working on issues that leave them feeling stuck and frustrated or powerless. Many are grateful that they do not have to wait an entire week to deal with painful matters in their lives. Many find that they are able to avoid medication if they increase the frequency of therapy.
How long individuals and couples remain in therapy is usually a decision we make together. If you walk into my office, I promise to listen and take as much time, as often as necessary, to get to the bottom of your suffering.