Welcome to my website. For some of you, seeking out a psychologist is new, for others this may be a familiar experience. In either case, it is important to find a person whom you can develop an open and trusting relationship.
I would like to share a little bit about my background and current beliefs regarding psychotherapy and working with people. I state “current beliefs” for the field of psychology continues to evolve. Having worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, I have seen many shifts regarding our understanding of people, relationships and treatment. As a psychologist, it is my duty to learn about new ideas and approaches which allows me to be the most helpful to others. I work with children as young as 5, adolescents and adults.
Though there are many similar symptoms or conditions I view every person as unique. Focusing on the relationship in therapy allows for the development of trust and safety which I believe is necessary for therapy to be effective.
Depending on the issues the client chooses to address, I use a variety of approaches which may include:
- supportive cognitive behavioral therapy
- psychodynamic; relationship focused therapy
- play therapy
- consultation with parents
- Gottman approach used with couples
There needs to be “a good fit” regarding the relationship between the client and therapist. Therapists have varied backgrounds, training and personalities. If I meet with client, and for any reason he/she does not believe we are a good fit, I am happy to refer out. Likewise, if I determine there is a conflict of interest or someone else might be a better resource for the client I will also refer.
Depending on the referral, I see individuals, couples and families. I typically meet with people weekly and space sessions out as things are improving.