It is important that you - the client - get a sense of whether or not I am a good fit for you before you make a significant emotional and financial commitment to the therapy process. During this consultation, we will discuss my policies, fees and other aspects of my practice. You will help me understand what brings you in and what you hope to get out of coming in. Depending on the situation, I might also have you complete some brief assessment tools related to mood, your general functioning and substance use. At the end of the first session, we will discuss and summarize the session and come up with a plan.
Individuals seek therapy for a wide range of reasons, ultimately hoping to find resolution and feel better. Typical concerns include depression, anxiety, substance use, stress, parenting struggles, career transitions. strained relationships, low self esteem, grief and loss. Some individuals come to therapy for personal growth, exploring themes related to identity and purpose. I offer both short-term and long-term counseling and therapy to help individuals meet their goals. Based on the needs of the individual, I employ various therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy.
Trust, fidelity, communication and emotional and physical intimacy are some of the common concerns one or both members of the couple have. With the couple, I work from a space of curiosity and objectivity, as I seek to understand the couple's unique and often complex relationship. Through this understanding, I help the couple mend rifts, reconcile expectations, form stronger alliances and develop more effective ways of communicating authentically and respectfully. Because of the complex nature of couples relationships, I typically ask that couples commit to at least 10 sessions.
Group facilitation is a particular area of interest of mine. The group process allows individuals to share thoughts and emotions, to obtain and provide support and to normalize experiences. Groups provide a sense of community that allows individual members - and ultimately the group - to flourish. I offer the following types of groups: Couples (both opposite-sex and same-sex), Gay Men, Adult Men, Adult Women, LGBT Foster Youth.