Sessions are most commonly once per week for 50 minutes. Couples and family sessions may be longer.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between therapist and client to solve the client’s problems and improve functioning. It is important to ensure a comfortable match with your therapist – research has shown that a successful outcome in psychotherapy is largely contingent upon a solid therapeutic alliance.
In my practice, I first assess each client individually so that we can together develop a treatment plan based on current symptoms, goals, and needs. If I don’t think that I am the best therapist to meet your needs, or you do not feel comfortable with me, I will do my best to provide you with referrals.
I provide a safe and supportive environment in which feelings and problems can be explored. I work collaboratively with my clients to address current problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may be interfering with daily life and relationships. My style is active: I provide education to help clients better understand their difficulties as well as strategies and tools to help them function more effectively at work, improve interpersonal relationships, and reduce symptoms.
My goal is to provide quick relief from uncomfortable symptoms while encouraging lasting behavioral changes to maintain gains and prevent relapse. I aim to empower clients to become their own therapists rather than foster dependency on me. I believe therapy is more productive when we have specific well-defined goals.
As a psychologist and not a physician (or "medical doctor"), I do not prescribe medications. If I believe that medication would be helpful I will provide a referral to a psychiatrist.