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.
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND EVALUATION
In addition to providing psychotherapy, I also see children, adolescents, and adults for psychological testing and evaluation. Such testing might be important for diagnosing a specific learning or neurodevelopmental disorder, assessing general intellectual abilities, understanding personality functioning, or clarifying a mental health diagnosis. A psychological report is always completed as part of the evaluation. I am also available to provide consultation to a primary care physician, school officials, court personnel, or other professionals. Under some circumstances, I am able to provide expert testimony for legal proceedings.
My practice also includes consultation at individual, group, and organizational levels. I have consulted with educational, business, and nonprofit organizations. Please contact me for more information about this aspect of my practice.
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SUMMARY OF SERVICES OFFERED
I do not currently contract with any insurance carriers. If requested, I can provide insurance claim forms if you want to seek reimbursement from your insurance company. I accept checks, cash, or all major credit/debit cards. Please contact me for additional information about specific fees.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU CONTACT ME
Prior to setting up an initial appointment, I will want to talk with you by phone briefly. I will be interested in knowing what you are looking for and will want to make sure that I might be a good fit. I can also answer any questions you may have. Once you call or email me, we will arrange a time to talk by phone.
If you are seeing me for psychotherapy, we will arrange to meet for an initial diagnostic session. I will take lots of notes and begin formulating ideas about how I can be most helpful to you. We will then have a follow up appointment where we look more closely at some of the issues discussed during the first session. Typically during our third meeting, we will discuss the formulation that I have developed and discuss moving forward with treatment. I may also have other treatment recommendations to make that will augment our work together. In this way, you will have a chance to hear about my initial impressions and can determine whether you feel comfortable working with me.