Most simply, psychotherapy provides a place to talk over any problems, fears, or concerns with a mental health professional in a safe, confidential setting.
There are different types of therapy as well as various theoretical orientations and therapeutic techniques, some of which are better suited to particular problems. Psychologists are well-trained to treat a wide range of problems such as life adjustment difficulties and relationship problems, emotional disorders such as depression or anxiety, phobias and panic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, work and stress-related problems, psychological aspects of health-related problems, addictions, severe mental disorders, and so forth. However, most psychologists will specialize in the treatment of just some of these areas.
I believe that psychotherapy is a means of overcoming obstacles, opening doorways to self-discovery, and recognizing your potential.
I offer both individual and couple therapy and enjoy working with older adolescents and adults. I am well-experienced in treating various mood and behavioral disorders. In addition, I am especially interested in helping people with relationship problems, life-stage transitions (such as changes in employment status, divorce, “empty-nest” syndrome, or caring for elderly parents), women’s issues, and personal development. Reflective of my depth psychology orientation, I seek to help you understand how past experiences and unconscious processes may influence current problems or dysfunctional patterns.
Through the integration of insight and external change, I believe people can regain a sense of personal direction over their lives, find new solutions, and feel good about their decisions.
I utilize a focused approach and provide a comfortable, caring environment. The length of treatment and types of interventions are largely dependent upon the nature of the problem and the desired outcome. While some problems may be amenable to brief therapy (3-6 months), others are better suited to longer-term work. When treating specific symptoms such as phobias or panic attacks, I take a more active approach and may draw upon cognitive-behavioral strategies to help manage distress. However, when I help people identify and work through dysfunctional patterns in their relationships, my approach is more reflective and insight-oriented. Where appropriate, dream work is also incorporated.
Most importantly, I value and respect the process of psychotherapy and foster a safe place to give voice to fears and concerns, consider alternatives, and discover options.