Q: How does therapy work?
I believe that if you regularly engage in self-exploration with a therapist who is curious, non-judgmental, and authentic in their responses to you, you will gain new perspectives and realize that you have more choices than you may have initially believed. Therapy is a unique opportunity to make sense of your experiences in the world and connect with another human being in a meaningful way.
Q: Is there something wrong with me if I need to go to therapy?
No! Many of my clients have asked me this question at the beginning of our work together. I tell them that I see therapy as an opportunity to get to know themselves better while learning new skills that will help them with their immediate problems and throughout their lives. I think there is something wrong when people, for whatever reason, suffer alone and are afraid to reach out for some support.
Q: What kinds of issues do you treat in your practice?
I treat a wide variety of issues including depression (loneliness, feeling blah, unmotivated, hopeless, tearful), anxiety (worrying a lot about different things, tension, problems sleeping), relationship issues (problems trusting, conflict with family, in-laws, co-workers, finding a partner), shame (never feeling good enough, addicted to accomplishments), career dilemmas (hating your job but feeling stuck, changing careers, job loss) and low self-esteem (lacking confidence in one’s abilities, undeserving of good things). I work primarily with adults and adolescents.
Q: What is your treatment philosophy?
I believe therapy is about supporting the healthy growth and well-being of an individual. I don’t see people as diagnoses; I see them as reacting to their environments and relationships in the best way they know how. I believe most people come to therapy because their ways of coping aren’t working as well anymore and they need some professional support finding more effective ways.
I think the problems clients come in with are important because they provide valuable information about how that person sees the world and what they want for themselves. Therapy is a unique opportunity to unpack a person’s life experiences, sort them out, then decide what should be kept, what should be altered, and what should be discarded. Seeking therapy is an act of courage made by people who want more from life.
Q: How does a person pick a good therapist?
Research shows that the most important factor for therapy to be beneficial is the relationship between the therapist and the client. This means that you should pay attention to whether you feel like your therapist understands you and your comfort level with him or her. If you meet with a therapist and you don’t feel like you could open up to that person, trust that feeling and try someone else.
Q: How long does someone need to go to therapy?
This depends on the person and what he or she is wanting from therapy. Some people are dealing with a pressing issue, like anxiety or a life decisions, and find relief in 6-8 sessions. Other clients want support addressing deeper issues that requires longer-term work. Sometimes people take a break and come back when they feel like they need it again.
Q: What is your fee?
My full fee is $140 for individuals, $160 for couples and $50 per session for groups. However, I am committed to making therapy affordable so I frequently accept clients at a reduced rate. If you are unable to pay this amount, let me know what you can afford and we can try to work something out. If you have insurance or a health spending account, I can provide you with a monthly statement you can submit for reimbursement.
Q: When do you see clients?
I see clients during the weekday, evenings, and weekends.
Q: What’s the best way to set up an appointment?
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