We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. --Anais Nin
At this moment you are one step closer to a courageous personal journey of self discovery!
If you're looking for support and guidance through a challenging time or you are ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. In an accepting, non-judgmental, loving environment, I will be there to help you through this time.
With the necessary ingredients of willingness, dedication, an open mind, consistency, I will be there to help guide you through a deeper understanding of your self and the positive changes that can be derived from that understanding.
Together, we can help you reach your goal.
Common questions you may have before entering therapy
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual and highly personal choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the service of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. But please keep in mind that therapy is not advice-giving. It is the collaboration of the client and therapist working towards changing unhealthy behaviors. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is a courageous step to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. I can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, creative blocks, toxic shame, and coming out issues. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage and relationship issues, and the hassles of daily life, including the stress of living in these difficult financial times. I can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family, relationship, or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Tackling self-esteem issues related to your sexual identity
Understanding the causes of addictions you may be dealing with
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
Compassion, respect and understanding
Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
Real strategies for enacting positive change
Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I accept most major insurances and can be billed as in network.
To determine if your insurance company provides you with mental health coverage - check with your insurance coverage carrier. You may want to find out the following:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
I accept Visa, MasterCard and Discovery. In addition, I also accept cash and checks. For those who qualify, I have a sliding scale fee for limted time and for limited clients.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
I work in various modalities; Psychodynamic, Narrative, Existential, Mindfulness, Systems, Cognitive/Behavioral, Attachment Theory, Neuro-sience Psychoeducation, and Emotionally Focused Couples and Language of Intimacy Therapy.
I have spent a great deal of my career spending time working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, anger issues, mood issues, adjustment disorders, couples counseling and minorty counseling
I am LGBTQQ Affirmative and specialize in the development and maintentance in healthy sexual behaviors of members of the LGBTQ community. My other specialties include substance abuse, and co-occuring disorders.
I am passionate about what I do, because I have seen this work be transformative. With motivation for change, and desire for personal growth, great things can happen.