My Approach

I am committed to helping you fully express yourself and to finding solutions to your problems that work for you.

I tend to be more interactive than many counselors and strive to be clear and direct, down-to-earth and practical.

I use a number of techniques, including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused and Client Centered Therapy, selecting from each as it seems appropriate.

However, I have found that techniques are not as important as the working alliance that the counselor and the client build together.

I strive to create a private, non-judgmental environment that feels like a natural, normal conversation, but turns out to be like no other conversation you’ve ever had.

I try to challenge you to think about your troubling issues in a different way and to use your creativity to find new solutions to your problems.

After each session, I write a summary of it to share with you.

I will invite you to give me feedback as we go along so that I can alter my approach to make our sessions more effective in achieving your goals.

By reading my website, you already know something about me. Please tell me something about you and what we could work on together.

 

What are Sessions Like?

Our first session will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to give you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to be able to follow, if we decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information to determine whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be thoughtful about the therapist you select.

Once psychotherapy has begun, we should schedule regular appointment times.  Each session will last 45-50 minutes. It’s best to schedule frequent meetings when more intensive work on deeper psychological issues is needed. As your goals are being met, the frequency can be reduced. My goal is not to keep you in therapy for the rest of your life, but to provide you with the insight and tools you need.

When I work with couples, I find it’s best if I can meet with both partners at the same time initially so that both can feel they have equal footing. I will often then ask to meet with the partners individually so that it’s easier for you to talk about your concerns. Then, after knowing the territory better, I will work with you at communicating more openly with your partner.

To ensure that I am meeting your needs, I will often ask you to assess our progress and areas for improvement. I welcome questions and feedback because it gives me the opportunity to improve my skills.

Patient Portal

I believe in involving you on every aspect of your treatment. For that reason, I have set up a patient portal on the therapyappointment.com website where you can look up, schedule or change appointments, view and download account balances, pay bills, and exchange secure, encrypted messages with me. If you would like, I can post my notes on this portal after every session to remind you what we talked about.