INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY
In my individual and group therapy practices I work with children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing emotional distress. My specific area of specialization is treating anxiety and depression which can manifest itself in many ways including relationship/interpersonal problems, and school/professional problems.
In my practice therapy is a collaborative process between myself and the client. Through the process of therapy I use a variety of Evidence Based Therapies (EBTs) to decrease symptoms, elevate mood, and increase functioning. The interventions I use have scientifically demonstrated effectiveness in treating emotional and psychological problems. In our sessions a client can expect a confidential and empathic environment to voice difficulties and learn new ways of coping. Through examining a client's thoughts, behaviors, and emotions a client will better understand what causes their distress and learn alternative ways of coping. Sessions also involve increasing the client's knowledge base of the specific disorder to gain insight and to ultimately change their outlook.
The frequency of therapy can vary based on individual needs. Individual sessions are typically once per week, but depending on severity of symptoms may be multiple times per week. Group therapy sessions typically involve 8-10 members who share a common disorder and meet weekly.
School / Job performance problems
Divorce / Marital relationship conflict
Grief and loss
Infertility and adoption
Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum
Transitional / Age / Youth adjustment disorder
Trauma and PTS
SHORT TERM PHONE CONSULTATIONS
This is a psychological consultation service for adults who are experiencing problems or concerns related to specific life situations. Generally, these clients are not experiencing a psychological disorder, rather, they are looking for an expert to discuss a situational problem.
Since becoming a Clinical Psychologist, I discovered a need in our society for psychological consulting. I am often approached by acquaintances looking for expert psychological advice on a variety of topics. These sessions usually occur on the phone and can last anywhere from 30-minutes to 2-hours. In some cases, a single conversation is all that is needed, and in other cases, multiple conversations occur over the course of several weeks. At times, these phone sessions result in referring a client for testing or therapy. This service is not intended for those in crisis. Should you be in crisis, please call a crisis hotline number or go to the nearest emergency room.
The following are examples of reasons clients have called for a phone consultation:
"My child has been steeling money from me. When I ask him about it he repeatedly lies to me. Is this normal? How should I handle this?"
"My daughter is experiencing symptoms of anxiety. She worries all the time and has been having difficulty sleeping. How do I know if it is a problem?"
"My ex-husband is harassing me about parenting. He has different rules in his house, or no rules at all. How do I handle this?"
"Is it okay to lie to my child to avoid talking about something that makes me feel uncomfortable?"
"I think my husband is drinking too much alcohol. How should I approach the topic with him?"
"My child's former teacher committed suicide and I feel guilty that I haven't told him. How do I tell him his teacher has died, and what should I tell him about suicide?"
"My step-mother is inquiring at my child's school about her performance. What can I say to her to make it stop without offending her?"
"I am feeling sad and depressed. How do I know if it is time to see a therapist?"