Should I begin therapy?
I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions: Am I unhappy with myself and how I am living my life? Am I struggling with my relationships? Is my family life stressful? Am I feeling overwhelmed by school or work? Am I anxious? Do I feel depressed? Am I concerned about my marriage or children? Am I grappling with health problems? Am I going through a significant transition in my life? Do I have unresolved issues from my past that still upset me? Have I tried to solve my problems on my own but feel stuck? If you answered yes to some of these questions, I encourage you to contact me for an appointment. Therapy may help you resolve problems and make changes.
Should I bring my teenager to therapy?
Adolescence is a time of significant emotional, cognitive, and physical changes and teenagers often need additional support to help with coping and adjustment. Although they may have relied on you when they were younger, teens typically separate from their parents during adolescence as they move toward independence. If your son or daughter is struggling with poor self-esteem, school or social pressures, depression or anxiety, obsessive thinking or attention difficulties, sexual or gender questions, or high risk behavior, I encourage you to contact me for an appointment. I meet with parents and adolescents to evaluate the situation and give a recommendation concerning treatment.
How will you help?
Perhaps the most important factor in determining if therapy will be helpful to you is whether you have a good relationship with your therapist. It is important that you feel safe, valued and respected during your sessions and that you trust your therapist. It is also necessary that you and your therapist agree on the goals of therapy and the method of working together. I strive to create an open environment where you can safely explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors and work collaboratively to help you make changes. We will explore and identify underlying beliefs and recurring themes that may lead to maladaptive patterns. I may use a variety of techniques and strategies to help you translate your insight and understanding into action and change, learn new coping skills and improve your emotional well-being.
What should I expect the first time I see you?
During our first session, I will ask you to describe your current situation in detail. I will ask about how you are feeling stuck, what is causing your pain and what you hope to change by engaging in therapy. You can expect me to be inquisitive, thoughtful and respectful. I am interactive and will answer your questions. We will review my consent to treatment and privacy forms. Together we will develop a method for working together.
Is therapy confidential?
Your privacy is important to me and confidentiality is paramount for a positive therapeutic relationship. I will not share information about you with anyone without your written consent unless I am required to by law. I must report suspected child or elder abuse, serious threats to oneself and serious threats to others.
What if I or my teenager needs medication?
I am a psychologist and cannot prescribe medication. If a medication evaluation is appropriate, I will provide you with referrals. I work collaboratively with psychiatrists and other medical doctors to coordinate treatment.