Therapy Services

  • Ever since they assigned Michael a new boss 10 years his junior, he’s had a hard time mustering enough energy to make it through each day.
  • Marie has become increasingly concerned about the amount her husband drinks, and the way he behaves towards her and the kids when he does.
  • Erik had a really hard time concentrating in school, but he stuck with it and graduated. Now he works hard at his job, but he just can’t keep focused and is afraid he’ll be let go.
  • Abby thought that once her kids were through school, she’d be able to bui•ld a life of her own. But now, her kids are having difficulties, and her aging parents need help and Abby feels caught in the middle, unsure how to respond.
  • Charmayne and Terrance had what they considered an ideal relationship. Now they’re yelling at each other all the time, arguing with the kids, and generally soured on the marriage. They’re not sure if they want to stay together or separate.

Depression, alcoholism, problems with attention and concentration, difficulties with children, our partners, and our aging parents: sometimes the challenges we live with overwhelm our own resources, and we need to look outside of ourselves for help.

I offer individual, couple, and family therapy to help improve the quality of your life and the quality of your relationships. I work especially well with persons with addictions, and persons with ADHD and related concerns.

I work with couples who are just dating, who are living together, engaged or thinking about it (or stuck on the verge) and who are married. In working with couples, I use tools and theory from different marital theorists and researchers, in particular – John and Julie Gottman (author of Why Marriages Succeed or Fail), and Harville Hendrix, the founder of Imago therapy (author of Getting the Love You Want). I also draw on what I’ve learned from my own long-term marriage and from being a parent and grandparent.

Why come to me for these services?

  • I’ve had a few decades of experience, so I’m not a beginner at this.
  • After 25 years directing a successful clinic that helped over 30,000 people, I simplified my life and opened a solo private practice, offering the skills I’ve honed over the years.
  • I take an active role — I don’t just sit back and nod.
  • I have a sense of humor about this work. If there isn’t a laugh or two somewhere along the line, therapy becomes awfully heavy.
  • My preference is to work intensively on the immediate problems my clients bring to me. Let’s try to help you now. I have developed longer-term relationships with many clients, however, where they view me as “the family therapist”, with the kind of on-going contact they might have with their family physician or primary care doctor.
  • Psychotherapy, in many ways, is a word-of-mouth profession. Many of my clients refer friends, colleagues, and family members to me, so I must be doing something that people find helpful.
  • I’ve developed a large network of other therapists, allied professionals; and helping organizations. I’m committed to seeing that you get the help you need, even if it’s not from me directly.

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements

It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and client, and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a visit to a medical doctor. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks

Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

How do we get started?

Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to give you an overview of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.

Insurances that I accept:

I am a participating provider with Aetna, most CareFirst plans, CIGNA, ValueOptions, and the Magellan EAP plan.

Call me at (240) 277-7800, email me, or send me a Referral Form. I look forward to being helpful to you.

If we decide to work together, I’ll ask you to fill out and bring with you the Client Information Form, read (and keep for your reference) the Welcome to My Practice letter, and sign the Consent for Services agreement.

Questions?

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