I work with adults age 18 and older. My patients range in age from 18 to 84, and I am waiting for my first 99-year-old patient or client! My goal is not only to accept, but indeed to celebrate, the uniqueness of each individual who seeks my help. I welcome people of all races, cultures, beliefs, and practices. Together we will figure out a plan that will lead us in a direction that is best suited for realizing your goals. And if you don't know what your goals for therapy are, it is my responsibility to guide you through the process of figuring that out!!
Psychotherapy is geared toward helping people heal, moving steadily toward the goals of wellness and optimal functioning in all domains of one's life. The particular clincial modalities in which I have been trained include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Family Systems Therapy, and plain old vanilla supportive psychotherapy, in which I merely provide an unbiased ear for what is on your mind in order to help you think through the issues that you are facing. You may read more about these various modalities on the Ask the Expert (Ask Me) pages.
I am a preferred provider for most major health insurance plans and for Medicare. I have chosen to use a billing service, which offers benefits to us both. You are able to identify your insurance coverage prior to beginning therapy if you wish, including co-pays, deductibles, and any authorization or referral requirements. Additionally, rather than take our precious time collecting co-pays at the end of our sessions, a statement is sent to patients at the beginning of each month. Although cash is my preferred way of receiving payment upon your account, we do also accept credit and debit cards, including Health Savings Plans debit cards.
I am also trained and practice as a life coach. When I work with you as a coach, the goals are more concrete and quantifiable than they might be for psychotherapy patients. Coaching involves identification of core values and how those values can be incorporated into domains of both your work and personal life. We accomplish that with specific instruments that help identify what is important to you and how your current life situation might be adjusted in order to incorporate and realize your core values.
Sometimes during the course of life coaching, issues come to light that may be responsible for blocking your progress in the direction you desire. At that point, we might shift to working on resolving the block, which may include addressing longstanding patterns and habits. This is perhaps the most important reason that the skills of a clinical psychologist may enhance your experience of life coaching and be more likely to lead you to achievment of success, as you define it.