We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world — Helen Keller

Are you struggling with a life transition or crisis and need a safe place in which to explore your feelings of fear, loss and transformation? Perhaps, you struggle with anxiety or depression?

Therapy by a licensed professional will help you to understand what is at the root of symptoms and relational patterns.  Integrative therapy offers coping-techniques such as how to regulate your emotions and calm your nervous system, to diminish unsettling emotions and body sensations. 

Typically, when people pick up the phone to contact a therapist it is with some degree of ambivalence.  Something is driving you to consider making the call and yet beginning therapy means opening yourself up to unknowable and unfamiliar experiences.  Beginning therapy is a brave and vulnerable act.

You may wish to address something that you are not content with-in yourself, at work, in an important relationship, and with socio-cultural issues that impact your daily life.  Making a conscious decision to deal with disappointments, stressors and traumas from your childhood, to avoid replicating them in your relationships, and to begin to mend the wounds is a bold first step towards healing.

There are multiple reasons why people place a phone call to schedule an appointment with a psychologist, and all are valid.  In my practice, often times, I hear people discount their “problem” as minute compared to “others” or to some geopolitical upheaval.  They feel as if they are complaining.  Seeking help, shining a light on one’s interior emotional and psychological world is a vulnerable process that takes courage.  

As a psychologist, I truly believe that every person deserves to be seen, listened to and holistically understood. This kind of repair work occurs in the context of the therapeutic relationship that provides safety, attunement, the integration of research based techniques that lead to a re-processing of old wounds, greater abilities to address current conflicts, setting healthy boundaries while opening up avenues for relational intimacy, learning techniques for self-regulation, and a deepening knowledge of oneself.

Indeed, therapy is an investment and there are financial sacrifices.  The answer distills down to a cost/benefit analysis.   What is the relational, emotional, psychological and physical health toll and consequences of not attending to the reasons that bring you to this page? 

The research is replete with studies that demonstrate the individual and societal toll of ignoring stressors or traumatic experiences and memories on one’s somatic/psyche/spiritual being. When therapy addresses the whole person and moves at a safe and comfortable pace revealing insights, and processing old or new wounds, it leads to greater physical and relational health. Attending to and processing how the body holds unresolved experiences helps you feel more present, self-regulated and connected to a meaningful life.

I specialize in treating older adolescents (16+) and individual adults. 

The following is a list, though not exhaustive, of the areas I specialize in treating:

  • Anxiety, Phobias and OCD
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD (Single Incident and Complex Trauma)
  • Relationships (Challenges and Growth)
  • Life Transitions (Separation, Divorce, Loss and Grief, Career)
  • Parenting Issues (traumatic pregnancy, births, breast-feeding, post-partum, child loss)
  • Childhood Abuse Recovery (Sexual, Physical Abuse or Neglect)
  • Family of Origin (Understanding Dynamics, Impact on Oneself)
  • Coming Out Issues and Gender Expression (Self, Family, Work, Microaggressions)
  • Mild to Moderate Addictions (Food, Drugs, Alcohol)

 

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Feeling vulnerable or even anxious about beginning therapy is common.  Who would not feel some trepidation about entering a room with a stranger to explore one’s soul? In fact, if that ambivalence were absent, it would be unusual.  I am acutely aware of the layers of unspoken emotions, which people bring into therapy, from the moment they call to when they walk into –what will become–our room. 

Toward that end, I provide a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.  I will always check-in with how you are feeling, your goals in therapy, and together we will track those goals as the therapy progresses. Questions are welcome and respected.

Individual psychotherapy is a collaborative endeavor and an unfolding process used to address family of origin issues, triggers, influences and resulting patterns. Individual therapy may address current factors in relationships, health, work, and life dissatisfaction. I will listen to your goals, and together, we will make a decision about the need for shorter or longer-term therapy. 

Individual psychotherapy can be a powerful means of change, growth, re-definition and healing. It also takes hard work and a firm commitment to the process by both therapist and patient.

 

I conduct a full assessment of individual and family history, as well as medical background in order to obtain a complete understanding of your treatment needs and goals. Together, we will determine the best course of treatment.  If we determine that a referral to a different or additional specialist is needed, I will do my best to offer you appropriate recommendations. I work collaboratively with other health care professionals whose treatment you are under in order to provide you with coordinated and integrated care.

My style is warm, non-judgmental, collaborative, direct, exploratory and honest.  I provide a safe and supportive environment in which your therapeutic goals are honored.  We will make decisions about your treatment together while I also provide my professional expertise and guidance.  

Individual therapy is an integrative process that often leads to symptom relief, greater emotional and cognitive flexibility, greater compassion towards yourself and others, an increased capacity for self-regulation and a more conscious and determined life.