What To Expect In Therapy

In simple terms, expect growth. Mental Health professionals often use a variety of approaches to give people new tools to deal with ingrained troublesome patterns of thought or behavior, to help manage symptoms of emotional struggles. Together we can work to determine a treatment plan that will best serve your particular needs. This may involve a single method, or several elements of treatment often referred to as the “Eclectic Approach” to therapy.

I am trained and experienced in; Behavioral Therapies, combined with Cognitive, Interpersonal, Psycho-dynamic, Bio-Medical and Affect Management approaches such as EMDR that goes beyond the traditional Psychoanalysis for the best outcomes and resolutions.

When To Seek Therapy

The decision to see a Therapist is a personal decision. Many times people choose therapy during times of stress/emotional pain. It may also be when you want to grow/mature. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed below, you may want to inquire about therapy and how it may be able to help.

  • Undue & prolonged anxiety
  • Depression& mood swings
  • School problems
  • Employment issues
  • Loneliness
  • Life events
  • Problems following traumatic events
  • Terminal illness & other health problems
  • Excessive anger, guilt & shame
  • Self-destructive thoughts or behaviors
  • Constant worries or obsessions
  • Problems with drugs and alcohol
  • Chronic Physical illness
  • Difficulties in relationships

Benefits Of Therapy

Therapy helps to remove the blocks that prevent the innate healing from occurring. Therapy provides support, different perspectives, and other alternatives that hadn't been considered. My goal is to help you remove blocks that hinder your ability to create the life you want. Successful therapy helps to solve life's problems by a combination of therapeutic techniques, and the safe, supportive relationship with the therapist provides an opportunity to try out new relational skills.

Therapy can help you discover more about your authentic self and provide a place to practice letting more of yourself engage with others. This can lead to experiencing a more vital and fulfilling life.

Areas Of Focus

  • Boundaries
  • Intimacy
  • Childhood
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessions
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Adults
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Parenting
  • Depression
  • Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Pain
  • Identity
  • Self-esteem
  • Disability
  • Menopause
  • Career
  • School
  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Compulsions
  • Panic
  • Fears
  • Divorce
  • Communication
  • Work Issues

Additional Areas Of Focus (Men's Counseling)

My Clinical scope has extended to Men's Issues.The focus in therapy that men feel most comfortable is the use of "Cognitive Approaches". Men tend to be very clear about how they feel, also current therapy models move quickly to what one "thinks" and what one "does". In my experience talking about what they think and do is a very comfortable terrain for men. The roles and experience of men have shifted the experience of being masculine today. Men now face multiple jobs and possible multiple careers in a lifetime. Also, domestic roles have changed such as living in duel-income families, blended families, and in recent years stay-at-home dads.

I believe it takes some thought and effort to understand male behavior and their experiences in context of societal expectation, media caricatures and personal relationships. Thoughtful training and sound Clinical insights for treating men should always be considered just as with;  Women's Issues, Disabilities Issues ,Substance Abuse Issues, and Human Sexuality.

Men's counseling can be a coaching process that focuses on action. Counseling does not have to assume that "Men's Issues" are "code" for "fixing" problem men. Therapy shouldn't start with the assumption that it's a man's world, men have it easy. If you have stress from a situation and you need to bounce some ideas around in a comfortable, safe place call.