As a therapist, I have found that providing a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment is important for healing. Most individuals can access their own healing resources within themselves when the proper environment is provided. If you are experiencing difficulties or a crisis in your life, we can work together to help you access those resources within yourself.
I am passionate about collaborating with clients who are moving their lives towards more whole, productive, and vibrant selves. I will assist you, being directive when appropriate, but with grace and patience and sensitivity. I have an easy relaxed style and caring heart that also allows me to speak straight when there is need.
I enjoy working with clients who are ready to take their first steps to make constructive changes in their lives. I support clients by promoting a safe space to begin the therapeutic work. I normally work with individuals and families and with couples who are ready to address relationship challenges.
Life can be challenging. If you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed, therapy can help. I believe that each person holds the key to their own happiness, and it is my job to help them find it.
I utilize strength-based and attachment perspective in working with children, families, and young adults to overcome the obstacles that life throws your way. I have extensive training working, with adolescent, young adults; as well as individuals and families impacted by special needs and learning disabilities.
“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to
triumph over trauma.
I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening
a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation .”
(Peter A. Levine)
How can therapy help me?
Life can be challenging. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, therapy can help. My therapeutic approach is to empowered clients; help them process their daily struggles/concerns; increase their self-awareness of how the past can influence current and future behavior. I challenge clients to believe in in themselves and I work together with them to meet their goals in living a healthier, meaningful, and more fulfilling life.
Help clients change maladaptive behavior and thinking patterns.
Help clients understand themselves and others.
Teach emotional, cognitive and communication skills
Teach clients how to effectively resolve emotional, relational, and professional conflicts.
Guide clients through crisis such as breakup, abuse, suicidal thoughts, grief, trauma infidelity, sexual assault and more.
Teach clients self-help skills such as deep breathing, mediation, thinking exercises and more.
Offering non-directive advice and suggestions.
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you have faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much-needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
$160 per 50-minute session
Reduced Fee: Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
Payment: Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
Cancellation Policy: If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.