What are your areas of interest?
Improving communication in families and marriages
Navigating and coping with major life transitions
Grief and loss
Coping with chronic and acute medical illnesses
How do I decide if talking to you will help?
Some people avoid therapy because of fear. But being fearful or stuck just reinforces isolation, anxiety and exhaustion.
Other people don’t believe in therapy or are afraid of how it will look to others. But once they open up, they discover that others share their concerns.
Being a therapist allows me to provide a safe place for you to explore your feelings, increase your compassion for yourself and others and improve your relationships. I will teach you specific coping skills in areas you choose to work on (such as communication, stress relaxation and being able to resolve past hurts). My hope is that you will be much more successful in your life, feel more emotionally balanced and happier.
After we meet, you can decide if you feel emotionally safe with me and can talk about the issues that are the most vital to you.
How does therapy help?
Therapy can help you make “shifts” in your thinking that allow you to develop a more objective and broader context with which to make choices about your behavior and the behavior of others.
For therapy to help, you have to do the work and be present in the fullest sense of that word. By looking at your fears and vulnerabilities (which we all have, since we are human), you will begin to feel more comfortable with yourself.
Why do people seek therapy?
Most people seek care at a time of crisis, loss or change. One chapter in your life may be ending or a new one beginning. Something feels wrong and sometimes our body gives us signals. Perhaps friends or family have encouraged you to seek advice.
Navigating these periods of change in a meaningful way is important.
How do you help people change?
When first getting to know you, I’ll ask about your personality, skills and talents, temperament, culture, and family history. I'll ask you questions about what stage of life you're in, what you are drawn towards, and what you distance yourself from. This isn’t anything you need to prepare for, but gives you a taste of the things I think about as I get to know you better.
I will help you to identify the specific changes you seek, the risk of changing, and your belief in the possibility of making that change. How can you develop the courage to take steps to lead to meaningful change?
What therapy models do you use?
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
What should I expect at my first session?
I will ask you about yourself and your immediate concerns, your family, your health and any other relevant information. I will tell you about myself and my approach, and answer any questions you may have. I may want to talk with a family member or a physician and will ask for your written permission to do this. Feel free to ask any questions that you have.
What types of services do you offer?
I offer individual, couple and family therapy for adults, adolescents and children over 11.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Call me, or fill out the Contact Me page.
How much does it cost? Will you accept my insurance?
I am an in-network provider for the following medical plans:
- Blue Cross-Blue Shield PPO
- Humana/Life Synch
- Prime Health
- Value Options
You can use Health Savings Accounts, Employee Assistance Program benefits, out-of-network benefits or self-pay.
Please call me if you have questions.