As a generalist, I work with a wide variety of problems and concerns. I particularly enjoy working with: men, professionals, people working on their relationships/marriages, mental health practitioners, and LGBTQ and gender-diverse adults.
My approach to psychotherapy is genuine, engaged, and interactive. With me you will feel like you’re having a conversation with a fellow human who cares about you your struggles. What my clients say they enjoy about our work is that we are having a two-way conversation that feels productive and personal. We will definitely laugh together, and there might be some crying too. I will offer you concrete ideas and tools that you will be able to implement outside of session.
As much as I know that our relationship is the most crucial component of therapy, I also strongly believe in evidence-based treatment; In fact I once taught a graduate class on the subject. I’ll admit that I’m a total geek who loves research – you might even get a little sick of me telling you about what the research says about this or that. But I also know that psychology is a science like any other, and as such we need to be able to prove that what we are doing is effective. Your medical doctor could be the nicest, most caring person in the world, but if she wasn’t successfully treating your ailments and helping you to feel better you wouldn’t go back, would you? The same is true of your psychologist. Because of that I am driven to use what works and to continuously learn and refine what I do. These are some of the therapies I draw from that have been shown to be helpful:
- TEAM CBT – a fast and highly effective form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Emotion Efficacy Therapy
- Gottman Method (this is a couples therapy that I apply to individuals who are working on their relationships)
I love helping people to examine career options and solve problems they are having at work. What sets me apart is that both my mental health and professional coaching training allow me greater flexibility than career counseling traditionally offers. I can use all the standard career services tools such as interest and strengths assessments and career exploration. As you may have discovered, however, the solution to feeling stuck in your career is not always about doing more testing and gathering more information. Sometimes it is about making better and deeper use of what you have already learned about yourself and discovering new insights about how you might be getting in your own way. My broad psychotherapy knowledge helps me to get to the why and examine barriers to success that you might not have recognized. I can also use my extensive academic advising experience along with counseling and coaching tools to help you identify the how. If you want to change careers, grow in your current career, take down roadblocks to your success, or solve relationship challenges at work, call me today for an appointment.
Are you wondering if you should stay married or leave your relationship? Have you tried everything you can think of to make things better and nothing has worked, but still you’re not sure you are ready to end things for good? Discernment Counseling is one of the most exciting new developments in the field of couple’s therapy, and it is the only kind of couples work I currently do. It is a short term process, only 1-5 sessions, designed to help you 1) gain a deeper understanding of what has happened to your marriage and what might be possible for the future, 2) Clarity about what direction to take for your marriage, and 3) Confidence as you move forward.
I was doing telehealth before telehealth was cool. Since 2014 I have offered all of my services via two-way video conferencing. My online system is high quality, HIPAA compliant, and couldn’t be simpler to use. During Covid-19 the state has mandated the use of online video conferencing by nearly all mental health and medical professionals, leaving many providers scrambling to figure out how to use it. I was already well-equipped to smoothly transition to the online-only environment. One major change is that most insurance is now required to pay for services delivered virtually. This makes good sense, because research shows that psychotherapy delivered via two-way video is similarly effective to in-person treatment, and the benefits have always been abundant. You can easily squeeze me into your schedule on a busy workday, or during a heavy snowstorm, because you won’t have to drive to my office. You can meet with me in your pajamas if you like - you wouldn’t be the first! You can still receive therapy if you have a mental or medical condition that makes it difficult to leave your home.
Many people who start with me are skeptical about doing their sessions virtually. They worry that it will feel too impersonal or distant. Then, after our first online session, they tell me that actually they were amazed at how positive an experience it was and that they plan to continue meeting that way. I'm not saying it’s exactly the same as meeting in person. There is person-to-person energy that is lost. But there are many benefits that compensate. In addition to the convenience, some people find that it’s easier to share difficult or shameful information in that format, which allows us to do deeper work. The only way to know for sure whether it will work for you is to try it for yourself!