Frequently Asked Questions
Let us help guide you on your path to recovery.
I strongly believe in client/therapist fit and offer a free 30-minute consultation to briefly discuss your issues, answer questions you may have, and give you the opportunity to decide if you want to proceed in working with me. This can be in-person or over the phone.
Oftentimes, when something in your life isn’t going right or you are not sure how to move forward and nothing you have done so far has helped, it might be a good time to talk to a psychotherapist. I am trained to listen and provide insight, support and explore solutions in a confidential setting. Therapy can help resolve a number of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, grief, and stresses of work and life. Psychotherapy can help develop more awareness of self, improve self-esteem, and find greater meaning in life.
There is no “one size fits all” approach in psychotherapy because each person and situation is unique. I take a more interactive role as a therapist and work collaboratively with clients. I believe that the client is the ultimate expert, and my role is to help others better understand themselves, develop the ability to face life’s challenges with confidence, examine the underlying causes of problems, and explore various solutions. Therapy can bring up difficult and painful emotional experiences, and there could be times where you become angry, anxious, or uncomfortable. That is okay. The way to growth is to go through it, and as your therapist, I’m here to support and guide you along the way.
The length of time depends on the particular problem and goal(s) you are working on as some problems take longer to resolve than others. The ultimate goal of therapy is not to need therapy. Therapy does not have to last forever, and many people see a therapist for various problems, ranging from specific, short-term ones to longer-term problems stemming from childhood. Sessions range from 45-90 minutes depending on the type of therapy utilized. To gain the most from therapy, weekly or bi-weekly sessions are recommended, depending on the type of therapy and the severity of the issues. As clients progress, sessions will be tapered off to offer more time between to build self-efficacy.
Yes. Telehealth has become increasingly popular and I do provide this service to individuals who may benefit from it. This is something we can discuss in our consultation, or if you begin working with me and your circumstances change where telehealth makes sense, we can utilize this method as a platform for conducting sessions.
The short answer is, yes, in most cases. Psychotherapy is a place where you should feel safe to talk about anything that is on your mind without fear that it will be shared with others. There are situations, however, where I am limited in what I can keep confidential, and I will go over this information with you prior to starting therapy so you are fully informed of this. You will receive a copy of this document to review prior to our first appointment. Aside from that, I cannot and will not share any information with others without your explicit consent.
I am trained to provide individual, family and group therapy. Unfortunately, I do not see couples at this time. I am trauma-informed and take an eclectic approach, with a psychodynamic framework, meaning our past shapes how we perceive and relate to ourselves, others, and the world in our present lives. Through this lens, I strive to bring awareness to unconscious processes so that you can gain more control over your own life rather than reacting to it.
Common types of therapy I offer and utilize are: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I have been trained in and have experience in the following issues:
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality
- Child or Adolescent
- Coping Skills
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Life Coaching
- Life Transitions
- Men’s Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Women’s Issues
I am an explorer by nature and love to travel, so delving into the inner world makes sense to me. I have been strongly influenced by psychologists Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow as I believe we all seek to reach our highest potential and it’s important to find meaning and purpose in life in order to grow into the individuals we were meant to become. That means not only taking a look at who we are in the present, but also revisiting the past to find patterns and new meanings for life experiences. I believe that honoring our experiences, not only intellectually, but also emotionally and spiritually, paves the way to healing and a more fulfilling life.
Other Specialties: Trauma and PTSD | Relationship Issues | Self Esteem
If you are interested in how therapy can help you or your family cope with these and other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.