• Is there a persistent problem, condition, and way of feeling or upset that has been bothering you for a while? • Is there something that you want to change in yourself or your life? • Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? • Does the issue feel too big to tackle by yourself? • Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? • Are you finally ready to do something about it? • Are you at a point in your life where it does not make sense to you why you are feeling the way you do?
You really need to meet me face-to-face in order to get a good idea of what I’m like as a person and as a professional. At our first meeting you should keep these questions in mind:
- How easy is it to talk to him/her?
- Does she/he seem like somebody I could trust?
- Is she/he really listening to me?
- Does he/she seem to know what they are doing?
- Does he/she seem confident and competent?
- Do I feel comfortable with her?
- Could I ever show this person the deepest, ugliest parts of myself?
- Does he/she seem to have the capacity to handle me
We use the two words interchangeably. Not everybody does, so this is a great question to ask. I use both words because different people relate to one word more positively than the other. Some folks prefer the word counseling, others prefer therapy, so I use them both.
Yes. By law we are bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self harm. If you want to use a third party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis. If this is the case I will discuss with you what is disclosed to an insurer.
Why do I need a therapist? Why can’t I just talk to a friend or a family member?
A friend or family member is not professionally trained to help you grow, heal and change. It's likely that your friends and family have been giving you their best advice for some time now, and if it were sufficient, you probably wouldn't be reading this. But here is why your friend's advice is different from a therapist. Your friends want to maintain your friendship so they will probably tell you what they want to hear. Also, they will give advice that is based on their life’s experience. A trained therapist is interested in helping you find your own answers by helping you connect with what is true and right for you.
If you are struggling with any of the following conditions, I would be happy to meet with you:
- Negative feelings about yourself
- Problems at work
- Constant worry
- Lack of direction or motivation
- Addictive behaviors
We are often asked about the kinds of people we work with and our areas of specialization. The simple truth is that we work with everyday people who need some help navigating this part of their lives so they can learn the skills necessary to be able to handle whatever comes their way in the future. They might be struggling with a major change occurring in their life or with distress that has been building momentum for years.
If you can relate to this you might be someone who is trying to recover from a painful relationship breakup or loss. The downturn in the economy and employment may be undermining your self-worth and ability to think and act proactively. You may feel stuck, alone or disappointed in your marriage. You might be a new mom who is struggling with your new role in life. These are just some of the problems facing the people I see. And yes, these problems happen for everyday people like you and me. But unfortunately, such problems often make us feel too alone and flawed to be everyday folk.
Typically when you first begin, we will see you weekly (although it could be more or less based on your individual situation/needs). You and your counselor will work as a team to devise a plan that works best for you.
If you will be using your insurance, the cost will vary based on your individual plan. We will call your insurance well before your first session and get all of that information for you and communicate back to you before the first session