I believe that seeking therapy is a sign of courage and strength..

"Motivation to take the steps towards therapy represents your need to get relief from your symptoms or relationship issues that may be affecting your work, school, or daily activities."

Initial Consultation


Many people feel reluctant to start psychotherapy because they don’t know what to expect. When a client calls my office to set up an initial consultation, we spend a few minutes talking about the client’s life circumstance so that we can determine whether my expertise will be a good fit for the client. If we agree together that an initial consultation would be helpful we will schedule an appointment.



The initial consultation is twenty five to fifty minutes long. During that time the client will receive forms that explain my policies on confidentiality, fees, and other aspects of my practice. Confidentiality is a pillar of building trust with a client. Thus, I hold my conversations with clients in the strictest confidence. The exceptions to the rule of confidentiality are dictated by law. During the initial consultation we discuss any questions the client might have about my policies and the law.


After discussing my policies, I often explain that the initial consultation is a time for us to get to know each other so that we can determine whether the

services I provide are a good fit for the client. It is also very important to determine whether the client feels comfortable talking with me. To that end, I ask the client to keep track of the client’s comfort level as the consultation proceeds so that we can discuss it at the end of the consultation.


SERVICES OVERVIEW

 

The session might be framed in various ways:

 

Sometimes, the patient has a particular problem to work on and brings his or her agenda to each session. The conversation might start with a question from the me or an update from the patient. The patient is always encouraged to bring up any problems, whether they seem related or not. I will guide, ask questions, and offer insights.

 

I will never just sit and stare in silence.

 

Some patients bring in journals, dreams, pictures and their own account of what is going on. If it is hard for a patient to know where or how to start, I will help by asking questions or providing ideas from what I've learned in previous sessions. This can provide helpful continuity.

 

Signs of progress may include:

Patient is managing a certain illness well.

 

Another indicator of forward progress in therapy are changes in your thinking.You have less negative or destructive thoughts and more positive, constructive thoughts. Rather than fantasizing about things that aren’t attainable, you’re engaging in more realistic thinking and developing reachable goals. Thoughts lead to actions, so as your thinking shifts, your behaviors will shift as well.

Patient notes symptoms under good control or eliminated.

 

Depending on the reasons for entering therapy, check if any of your symptoms have improved. For example, if you entered therapy for depression or sadness, do you feel happier? If you entered therapy for anxiety, do you feel less anxious? Improvements in your target areas are indicators of positive progress.

Patient is experiencing increased self-esteem.

 

Another significant sign that therapy is moving in the right direction are behavioral changes. For instance, you’re leaving unwanted habits behind. Another example: You went to therapy to work on self-assertiveness. Now, you’re taking the initiative more often than before.

Patient is developing a positive identity

 

Noticing that you are beginning to pay attention to yourself is a great sign of improvement. This could be as simple as booking a weekly massage, journaling about your thoughts and feelings or asking your boss for that overdue raise. Regardless of how it shows up for you, you are positively including some much-needed self-care in your routine, and a bonus is you are enjoying it with no, or at least less, guilt.

Patient is building a solid social network

 

Relationship improvements with your spouse, partner, or other loved ones are good indications treatment is working. One example is a calmer relationship that used to be filled with conflict before therapy. Fewer conflicts are a good sign your therapy is working. It also shows you’re using conflict resolution skills effectively.

Patient is feeling there is a reason to get up in the morning!

 

If a person loves to sew, fix cars, read or exercise, then when he or she is depressed, those things will stop bringing joy. But when people are improving, they will one day wake up and realize they feel like doing those things again, and often those things bring even more joy than they did in the past. It’s like having a stomach virus and feeling like you will never want to eat again, but then after it’s over, everything tastes wonderful.

Patient is experiencing an increased capacity to do productive work.

 

Change doesn’t just happen in session. It happens outside my office. But some clients seem to leave the session, get swept up in the busyness of the week, and then show up a week later having spent no time thinking about our work together. Progress is slow to none at this rate. What does promote progress is when therapy lasts all week. In other words, you’re applying what you’ve learned in therapy on a daily basis and you’re noticing topics you’d like to cover in the next session. While the sessions are important, so are the clients’ efforts to reflect [on] therapeutic content and make changes in their lives.

Patient has better life satisfaction

 

A better sense of satisfaction with your life is a positive milestone that treatment is helping you make good progress. You now feel that you’re getting more out of life. Better life satisfaction is also a motivator for you to keep up the good work.

Patients diagnosis changes.

 

A great way to know you’re making progress in therapy is getting a diagnosis that’s improved. If you’re in treatment for depression, and you and your therapist agree the symptoms have dissipated, you’ve made significant progress. Never place a timetable on your progress. Progress, simply put, is the goal!

Effective Treatment

Effective treatment causes significant changes in your life, but these changes happen gradually over time, not all at once. Therapy that works isn’t a one-shot deal, but it can be short-term. At least four to eight sessions are needed, and more sessions may be necessary if the problems are many or complex. Patients often ask what are the markers of progress. During the period of treatment, we will track certain indicators of improvement. Generally, the signs of progress fall under two categories: the patient feeling better and the patient doing better. The first has to do with reducing or eliminating painful symptoms, such as excessive sadness or nervousness. The second has to do with goals the patient may choose in his or her own life, such as greater effectiveness with a boss, a spouse, or friends, or increased productivity and happiness at work. You don't have to have a severe mental illness to benefit from therapy. In fact, many of my patients are interested in improving their overall health through growing emotionally and enhancing their general quality of life. They understand that the therapy process can be extremely helpful in both these endeavors.

INITIAL MEETING

The first meeting is spent completing the intake and confidentialty forms. We will briefly discuss treatment and a plan forward. 

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$120 /hourly

FIRST MONTH

The first month, as many visits as you would like, is spent getting to know one another and deciding if I am the right therapist for you. We will discuss progress at the end of the month.


$150 /hourly

MOVING FORWARD

Progress! This fee will remain stable for the duration of your care. I look forward to helping assist you in a happy and healthy/productive life working at a pace that is comfortable for you.


$200 /hourly

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Client Focus

Children


Up to 10


Many children have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Therapy is a type of treatment for these problems. It is a way to get help for your child.


In therapy, kids talk and learn how to work out their problems. Going to therapy helps them cope better, communicate better, and do better.

Preteens / Tweens


11 to 13


Big events such as family traumas can be clear indicators for therapy, but sometimes kids struggle in ongoing, less obvious ways. It’s not always easy to know when it’s time to seek help for your child, but chances are if you’re asking yourself the question, it’s worth exploring.




Adolescents / Teenagers


14 to 19


Some kids pass through adolescence swiftly, with little turmoil. For others, puberty detonates like a time bomb; once it goes off, nothing is the same. As a therapist, I’ve sat with many brokenhearted parents as they agonize over their teen’s behavior, mystified by the metamorphose.


Adults


20+


Adult therapy helps individuals explore and improve their emotional, behavioral, and relationship functioning. By improving the ways in which you handle your feelings and interact with others, your professional and personal life also will improve. In therapy, our psychologists work with you to understand your challenges and establish a positive therapeutic relationship that will help you achieve your goals as soon as possible.​​​​​​​

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