I see good psychotherapy as a collaborative process guided by your needs. I strongly believe that individuals and families have inherent strengths that can help them deal effectively with their problems and make meaningful change. However, many people are too busy or too overwhelmed to figure out what changes they would like to make or to develop the strengths needed to make those changes.
Fortunately, we've learned a lot in recent years about creating change--psychological, emotional, and behavioral. When you come in, we will work together to decide what changes you want to make and how.
Depending on your needs and preferences, we may work for a short time (8 to 12 sessions) or a much longer time. To meet your needs, I will draw on a variety of approaches that move well beyond the traditional talk therapy.
For my patients, I am constantly seeking the best treatment approaches. Over the last few years, I have pursued advanced training in EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for treatment of trauma. Recently, I completed a web-based certificate program in Traumatic Stress Studies, a 29-week course, through the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston.
I also work with my clients so they can learn and use various techniques to reduce anxiety and stress--e.g., mindfulness, focusing, and breathing . I enjoy the flexibility that these various approaches and ways of understanding people give me in working with clients.
Who visits a psychologist?
People who . . .
- need someone to talk to
- need help with relationships
- feel anxious, fearful, worried
- feel empty, depressed
- feel angry or out of control
- have mood swings
- aren't sure if "this is normal"
- feel stressed
- are no longer enjoying life
- don't know where to turn
- just want life to be better
- are making major life changes
- want to develop their potential