HOW CAN THERAPY HELP ME?
I don’t even know where to begin. As a professional therapist, I have been trained to provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, sexuality, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. You may be having trouble with your interpersonal relationships, family or parenting concerns, marriage issues and/or the hassles of daily life.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?
I’m afraid I’m going to be in therapy forever! Some issues can be solved with a few sessions. Brief, focused work can bring immediate relief. However, issues that are longstanding and have impacted many areas of your life will most likely take longer to resolve. I’m very comfortable using a therapeutic model that lends itself to deep change. The degree of change is up to you and we can sort out this out at the beginning or during the course of therapy.
IS THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
I don’t think anyone can understand me well enough to understand how I think. Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Working with a therapist can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, sexuality, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting more out of life by learning how to take charge, gain greater self-awareness, and trust a process towards change.
How do I know when I need professional help?
I can usually handle problems on my own. You may have attempted to cope with the problem yourself and may have even discussed it with family, friends or peers. Sometimes just talking it out with a sympathetic listener helps. But you know you need professional help when nothing has worked; when you feel depressed, anxious or agitated, or when you are unable to carry out your obligations.
HOW DO I KNOW IF DEPRESSION IS A PROBLEM?
I don’t really know HOW I feel, I just know that I don’t feel right. You may find yourself over- or under- eating and sleeping. You feel like you’re not getting as much pleasure out of life. There may be a loss of interest in normal activities. You could have difficulty concentrating. You may lack energy to get things done or have too much edgy energy. You may lack aliveness and vitality. You may have suffered a recent loss, feel guilty or have low self esteem. You may have thoughts of suicide or just not want to be around anyone anymore.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ANXIOUS?
I usually can think clearly and problem-solve on my own, but now I can’t. You could have trouble falling asleep or waking through the night. You may have nightmares. Your digestion can be affected by anxiety. You could feel so stressed that your work or relationships are suffering. Fears and worries can seem to dominate your life. You may have fears that seem irrational or you experience panic attacks.
HOW DO I KNOW ADDICTION/COMPULSIONS ARE A PROBLEM?
I’ve always felt I was the one in control, and these ways-of-being are just habits. Do you find you keep doing the same self-destructive things over and over? You may have tried to change or stop these behaviors and have been unsuccessful. You might tell yourself you’ll stop after the next drink (cigarette, binge) and then keep drinking (smoking, overeating). Some people find their compulsions affecting their health, work, and relationships. Some people find themselves using alcohol, (drugs, food) despite negative consequences. You may find yourself focusing on others in your life, neglecting your own needs and desires, or be filled with shame and humiliation.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I participate in a few health insurance plans as an in-network provider. Check with your insurance provider if I am on your panel.