Why therapy? Clinical practice and research has proven that, for lots of complex and interesting reasons, our ways of being are often just too complicated for us to figure out – let alone change – on our own. Psychotherapy always involves some anxiety (nothing new can happen without some uncertainty) but the promise of change lies within that risk. My psychotherapy practice is focused on helping individuals who are:
– Struggling with depression, sadness, anxiety, or having difficulty managing their moods
– Working to come to terms with traumatic experiences or post-traumatic stress symptoms
– Experiencing a difficult personal, familial or work-related transition
– Dealing with loss or grief
– Wanting to establish, develop or improve their relationships
– Having difficulty thinking clearly about their experiences and their goals
– Hoping to change old, outdated, ineffective patterns
– Contending with the effects of long-term imprisonment
– Dealing with the effects of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatization, or burnout
What to expect. When we meet, we will begin by setting up our framework: the fee, cancellation policy, meeting times, etc. I will ask you questions about why you are seeking therapy now, what has worked for you in the past, and what you think you’d like to accomplish. I will listen well to what you tell me, and tell you what I think. Since I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, the work that you and I will do will be depthful, focusing on both the here-and-now and the past. Depending on how I think I can best help you, I might suggest that you come in more than once a week. If it seems that we are a good fit for each other, we will continue along. As we do, you might find that your goals for yourself shift and change as a result of the process itself.
How to proceed. The easiest way to find out if we are a good fit is for us to talk briefly by phone or meet in person. I do not accept insurance, but I am glad to give you the information that you need should you elect to submit your payments to your carrier for reimbursement. I’m glad to answer any questions that you have about my approach to therapy, my theoretical orientation, and what you should expect from the first few sessions.