Psychotherapy is a relational form of treatment that provides psychological healing by increasing your sense of well-being and reducing discomfort and distress. It is a unique kind of professional relationship that offers relief from depression, anxiety, and other problems. Psychotherapy can also help you navigate interpersonal stresses, cope with traumatic events, and reach important life goals.
I work collaboratively, drawing from evidence-based models of treatment. We may meet for a short-period of time on a particular goal or our work together might be longer-term and more open-ended. I am guided by the idea that psychological distress is often related to habitual ways of perceiving and interacting with the world--ways that have protected and helped in the past, but now get in the way of living a more satisfying, enjoyable, and meaningful life. I am practical but also value thoroughness and depth. Whether it is something quite specific or a vague feeling that something is wrong, I would love to be in your corner.
My approach to treatment is informed by several modalities, though fundamentally grounded in a psychodynamic approach. This orientation examines the interplay of historical, emotional, social, and biological factors that contribute to who you are (including your strengths and vulnerabilities). Psychodynamic therapy embraces the idea that actions are influenced by feelings—feelings that can be complex, contradictory, and frequently out of awareness. To the extent that we can increase our awareness of such feelings and patterns of relating, we can live a life of greater equanimity, engagement, and optimism. I also integrate cognitive therapy, family systems, and contemplative practices into my work.
In our work together, we may focus on initial symptom relief at first, though we may also take more time to look deeply at the foundations from which problems and patterns of relating have originated. The relationship we develop becomes a crucible for change.
EVALUATION AND CONSULTATION
In addition to providing psychotherapy, I also see children, adolescents, and adults for psychological testing and consultation. Such evaluation might be important for diagnosing a specific learning disability, assessing general intellectual abilities, understanding personality functioning, or clarifying a mental health diagnosis. A psychological report is always completed as part of the assessment. I am also available to provide consultation to a primary care physician, school officials, court personnel, or other professionals.
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I do not currently contract with any insurance carriers. I do accept checks, cash, or all major credit/debit cards.
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