I often hear from prospective clients a belief that one must be in a very bad way in order to seek therapy. As if being in therapy is a statement of having hit rock bottom, or an admission of failure. I always reply that seeking therapy is an indication of strength and courage, which I believe profoundly. It takes strength to admit that we can't do it all on our own, and to reach out and ask for help. It takes courage to take a hard look at oneself and one's life, and share things that we might not be comfortable with.
Therapy first and foremost is about building a safe and trusting relationship within which to grapple with issues. Therapy is a balance between acceptance and change, and understanding the paradox that only by acceptance of self can we change those very same things that we tried to ignore or hide from. Above all, therapy is a relationship in which people can learn to work out the problems they see repeating in other relationships. An analogy - therapy is the parking lot you learn to drive in.
Most people come to see me because they are depressed, anxious, or stressed. I work with people stuck in a rut, unhappy with themselves or their life, and struggling with stress and anxiety. Often these symptoms are related to problems in one's relationships, job, family, or home life. I combine exploratory, psychodynamic work with cognitive-behavioral strategies and mindfulness techniques. My treatment approach is informed by each individual client and is not a one-size fits all template. You are much more than your symptoms. I strive to understand the individual in the context of their life, rather than take a narrow focus on the "illness" and lose sight of the forest for the trees so to speak.
I will help you to have a better understanding of pertinent issues, and develop strategies for addressing them. You will feel heard and understood, and won't be told that your thinking is incorrect or that your feelings are irrational.
I work closely with a client's psychiatrist and primary care physician as needed. I accept some health plans so please contact me to discuss insurance and rates.
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