One of the keys to a satisfying therapy experience lies in the relationship between the client and therapist. It is important that you feel comfortable with me and that we are a good fit for one another. Our first office visit will be a time in which you can ask any questions of me and begin to get a feel for how I work. At the same time, we will discuss what brings you to therapy which will allow me to learn more about your personal situation.
I provide both short-term and long-term therapy, tailored to the needs of the client. In addition to working with individuals, I also work with families and couples to resolve more complex relationship problems.
In general, each therapy session will last between 55-60 minutes. In the beginning of treatment, most clients come in for weekly sessions. A common question is, "How long does therapy take to work?" The answer to this varies and a lot will depend on your reasons for entering therapy and your individual circumstances. Some issues may be addressed in a few sessions, while others are more multilayered requiring more sessions over a longer period of time.
As a psychologist, I take my work seriously. I strive to create a respectful, comfortable and safe atmosphere to facilitate your growth. My therapeutic approach involves working collaboratively with my clients. Together we will look at patterns of thinking, emotion and behavior which, when understood, will help you open up a viewpoint that increases options and choices. I am an engaged and interactive therapist. I provide compassionate feedback that is meaningful, practical, and challenging. I also bring a warmth and understanding to the therapy process which often helps to put people at ease.
In my clinical experience, I have found this process of therapy to be empowering. It typically helps people achieve greater self-awareness, improve relationships, heal pain from the past, and create an ability to better tackle ongoing life issues.
I recognize the complexity and uniqueness of each individual and family I work with; therefore, I draw from a range of therapies depending upon my client's needs. Research also supports different types of interventions for different problems. Some of the therapeutic models I work from include: Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family-Systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
My special areas of interest and expertise include:
- Depression, Sadness, & General Dissatisfaction
- Anxiety, Nervousness, & Worry
- Trauma: Childhood Abuse, Sexual Assault, & Violence
- Parenting & Families in Transition
- Miscarriages/Stillbirth & Postpartum
- Geriatrics and Caregivers
- Addiction & Recovery-12 Step Programs
- Eating Dysfunction and Body Image Issues
- Grief, Loss, Serious Illness, Death & Dying