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 with 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 35 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 have worked 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:
- EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Mindfulness Practices
- psychodynamic; relationship-focused therapy
- play therapy
- supportive cognitive behavioral therapy
- consultation with parents
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 a client, and for any reason they do 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.
Currently, I am seeing individual adults and children ages 6-10. I typically meet with people weekly and space sessions out as things are improving.
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This is a personal note regarding my beliefs and practice. I share this to foster inclusion, and my
goal is for people to feel safe in therapy to share and/or explore their beliefs. Diversity is a
necessary component of society and relationships. We can learn and grow from new
experiences, ideas, and beliefs. Race, culture, gender, spiritual beliefs, LGTBQIA2S+, and physical
and emotional challenges comprise the uniqueness of who we are and deserving of respect.
Suggestions to help you navigate this challenging time:
Keep an open mind and being accepting of others.
Be proactive rather than reactive. Become involved in supporting equality and work towards acceptance and understanding. This includes understanding our own prejudges and taking responsibility for positive action.
Exercise, meditate and use mindfulness practices.
Find ways to safely stay connected with others.
Find things you are thankful for rather than focusing on the negatives, realizing the pandemic will come to an end.
Pick up a new hobby or revive an old one.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not hesitate to seek professional support.