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