I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist conducting psychotherapy. My therapeutic approach is eclectic in nature and my goal is to assess and treat each of my clients using evidence-based techniques. In my experience, I find that Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions are effective in order to help you create and reach your goals.
When certain circumstances arise, things can seem overwhelming. I enjoy collaborating with clients to find personalized ways to navigate through managing stress, gaining stronger coping skills, handling pressures related to cultural or societal pressures, processing past traumatic experiences, and tackling those fears and insecurities that may be affecting so many areas of your life.
I deeply believe that a holistic approach to health is the most effective. I know how important treating an individual’s mental health is, and that is what WE will be working on. However, I am also a strong believer that those I care about also address their physical and spiritual health as well. I guide clients to address their health in a systemic manner and make referrals when necessary.
The first few sessions with me are important as I get to learn more about you and what you're interested in working on. They are also important for you to begin to feel understood and comfortable. Together, we will set milestones in order for you to achieve your goals.
First, relax...there should be no pressure to perform for a therapy session. Think about what you want from therapy - in basic terms. Feel free to bring a list of things you would like to discuss in your first session, but know that this is not necessary. Therapy should be a free-flowing conversation about thoughts and feelings in your life.
I believe that it is important to come to therapy weekly in order for it to work well. During times of crisis, I am available for more frequent sessions. Try to imagine going to the gym every other week and then wondering why your body isn't changing at the rate you want it to. Similar to gaining results with your physical body, it's important to train the 'muscles' of your psyche frequently enough for change and growth to happen.
First and foremost, your mental health journey is your own and how long you stay in treatment is ultimately your decision. You are the expert of your own health.
Many people who have severe symptoms or are in crisis begin to feel better within the first few weeks of beginning therapy. Often times, symptoms ebb and flow in severity depending on the work being done. Personal growth can be uncomfortable and challenging, and past traumas being processed can bring up new issues to address. Generally though, you'll need to commit to at least six months to one year of therapy to notice lasting changes. Sometimes it takes longer, and many people stay in therapy for years to get to the root of lifelong issues or as a means of continued personal growth. This will be an open dialogue between you and I throughout the time we work together.
Yes, I take CIGNA - please call your insurance company to make sure that I am a covered provider on your plan 800-926-2273.