How do I know if I need counseling?
I see a wide range of people in my counseling practice, from those experiencing
extremely difficult life situations and overwhelming emotion, to people
who feel like they are stagnating, hoping for more fulfillment and joy
in their lives. Therapy is a way to address urgent circumstances or it
can be preventative. If there is something you can't stop thinking or
worrying about, therapy can help.
How long does counseling last?
It is helpful to make a commitment to yourself and the counseling process
of at least 4-6 sessions. During the first one to two therapy sessions
a thorough assessment is completed, goals are identified and jointly we
create a treatment plan that fits your needs. With any counseling situation,
it is ultimately up to the client as to how long he or she engages in
treatment. Each situation is unique and it is part of my job to help you
determine how many therapy sessions may be needed to reach your desired
What can I expect from counseling?
Being specific about the changes you desire in your life and periodically
checking to see if counseling is helping create those changes, will enhance
your outcome. Therapy depends on many factors, not the least of which
is your courage and commitment. My commitment is to provide the highest
level of caring, professionalism, and integrity to each therapeutic relationship.
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a licensed counselor who
has the added training and experience working with couples and families,
as well as individuals. I am trained to have a systemic perspective that
encompasses the dynamics between people in addition to the internal workings
of one person. In couples and individual work this approach can be helpful
What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy
that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment
of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements
from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped an
estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological
stress (depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, childhood trauma,
etc.) If you are interested in this type of therapy, please ask me about
it or visit emdria.org.