How do I know if I need therapy?

If you are depressed, anxious, troubled in your relationships, coping with grief, struggling with past trauma, feeling hopeless or angry, or just trying to understand yourself better, therapy may be able to assist you. I believe we all have the answers we need inside us, but sometimes it takes working with a neutral observer to find those answers. Therapy isn't easy, but it can and often does help.

How long will I have to be in therapy?

Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast rule about how long therapy takes. Some issues can be resolved in as few as six sessions while other issues may take six months or more to resolve. Generally speaking, the more complex the issue, the more time it will likely take to see improvement. 

What is therapy and what can I expect during sessions?

Psychotherapy, also known as the “Talking Cure,” has been around for over 100 years. Depending on your therapist’s style, you can expect to look at how your thinking affects your moods, how traumatic events impact your current functioning and relationships, how unresolved conflicts from your family of origin continue in your current relationships, or some combination of these. Together you and I will define specific treatment goals and together we will work toward those goals. Examples of treatment goals include reducing the frequency of anxiety symptoms or increasing the number of positive interactions you have with your spouse each week. Typically, therapy sessions take place once each week and are between 45 – 60 minutes long.

How do I know you will understand my personal experience?

I have training as a marriage and family therapist, as a clinical mental health counselor, and as a clinical psychologist. I have provided therapy services since 1999 and have experience working with many different clinical issues including, but not limited to: trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sexual and physical abuse and assault, childhood abuse, military life, domestic violence, relationship issues, personality disorders, LGBTQ issues, marriage and family issues, suicidal thoughts, internet pornography/compulsive sexual behaviors, substance abuse, and much more. I have lived all over the United States and Canada and have worked with many different people with many different problems. I will always do my best to hear you and understand you as the unique individual that you are.

Do you provide medication?

Only your physician or psychiatrist can provide medication. There is a great deal of research that has demonstrated that often the best approach is a combination of psychotherapy and medication. If your symptoms suggest to me that you might benefit from medication, I will refer you to your primary care physician or a psychiatrist for a medication evaluation.

What services do you provide?

I am able to provide a wide array of counseling and psychotherapy services and treatments including individual, couples, family, and group therapy in short and long term formats, designed to address a wide variety of clinical issues and problems in living. I DO NOT conduct psychological testing, disability assessments, or fill out disability paperwork.