The Path to Improving Your Mental Health Starts Today!
As a clinical psychologist, I have skills and expertise in a variety of scientifically supported treatments and years of experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults. In our work together I will bring empathy, compassion, a genuine interest in helping and a true love for what I do.
My approach to treatment is centered on creating a safe and collaborative environment for those who are seeking help. I am interested in hearing your story and working together to outline a set of goals that will create structure for our work. I take tremendous pleasure in my work and I consider my approach to care integrative and flexible.
Relationship problems, suicidality, grief, and more. Individual therapy with me is collaborative. I will provide an assessment of the problem and a diagnosis if necessary. Together we will identify goals for therapy. I will work hard to ensure that your experience with therapy is a good fit for you.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals have unique challenges related to their sexual minority identities. Despite the dawn of nationally recognized marriage equality, there remain a number of battles for LGBTQ individuals that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety.
Perinatal & Postpartum
About 20% of women experience postpartum depression and it is widely untreated. Women are told that this is the happiest time of their lives and so when it’s not, you feel like there is something really, really wrong with you. You are not alone. And it doesn’t have to be this way.
Well-meaning friends and family think they are helping by telling you to just calm down and quit making a big deal about everything. They don’t understand that you can’t help it and if you could relax, you would! Anxiety is a terrible experience to live with, and life doesn’t have to be this way.
Maybe this has happened as the result of the loss of a loved one, and people are telling you it’s normal. Perhaps it’s something you have been experiencing your whole life, and you thought it was normal. Whatever the case may be, the time to treat your mood disorder is always NOW.
Trauma & Abuse
Survivors of trauma have unique experiences of self-blame, shame, and guilt that outsiders don’t seem to understand. People may tell you that it wasn’t your fault. No matter the circumstances, abuse is never your fault. But it may feel impossible for you to believe that.
Mania is literally the polar opposite of depression. You may have a ton of energy, feel very focused and motivated, and feel fantastic about yourself. However, while shifts in mood are normal, these kinds of drastic highs and lows are not, and together we will come up with a plan keep your overall mood more even.
It is heartbreaking when your young one is struggling. You are the one who cares the most and oftentimes, simply because you are the parent, you are the one with whom your teen least wants to talk. Building a relationship with a therapist can be the key to unlocking the door a child’s pain and determining the best path to healing.
Chances are, if you are struggling in your relationship, therapy is not the first thing you have tried.. It’s also likely that one of you is more interested in being in therapy than the other. With years of couple counseling experience, I appreciate the delicate balance of being a third party in a room with two people who have been romantically involved.
Why see a psychologist when I can just talk to a friend?
The simple answer is that with a friendship, there is an expected give and take, where you are expected to be there and hold your friend’s pain if you expect them to be there for you in a similar manner. With your psychologist, the time we spend together is all about you.
How long will therapy take?
Sessions are 45 minutes, which is the industry standard. Most people find that in order to find therapy useful, coming for at least 8-10 sessions is necessary. Some people come to therapy for a year or longer, while others come for a few months, and return as needed for follow-up visits at different points in their life.
Will my insurance cover therapy?
I do not accept insurance directly, but I am happy to help you look into out-of-network benefits through your insurance provider. Many companies will reimburse you a percentage of the cost of therapy when you submit a receipt.