What is clinical psychology? Clinical psychology focuses on assessing and treating mental illness and learning how to obtain and maintain mental health. Mental health is a central part of one’s overall healthy functioning. We can improve our mental health by identifying maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and learning how to make healthy changes to the way we think and behave. What should I expect with therapy? Taking the initiative to reach out for help is a big step and I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service. A complimentary 20-minute phone consultation is offered to each new client, as well as an extended first intake session (75-minutes at the rate of a 60-minute session) in order to provide time to ask questions and review policies and procedures. This will provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other and jointly decide if we make a good fit to work together. My sessions are 60-minutes in length although I do offer extended sessions for couples, families, and groups. You will be provided new client paperwork prior to your first session to be completed beforehand so we can focus more on getting to know each other during the session. I’m happy to answer questions you may have about the therapeutic process, me, or my philosophies.
Generally, sessions occur weekly, although this frequency may vary depending on needs. Many people choose to attend multiple times per week or every other week. We can work together to decide what will work best with your goals.
What kind of treatment will I receive? My therapy style is to look at how one’s thinking affects mood and behaviors and how past events may be influencing current relationships and overall functioning. We can work together on identifying what you want to get out of therapy and how we can reach these goals.
I provide individual, couples, family, and group therapy. I also provide psychological assessments to help clarify diagnoses and/or identify deficits in social, emotional, or behavioral functioning.
Do you provide medication? Medication is provided by a psychiatrist or a physician. Research has indicated that a combination of medication and psychotherapy can be more effective than either alone. If your symptoms indicate that medications may be beneficial, I will refer you to a psychiatrist or your personal physician.
How much experience do you have treating people with problems like mine? I am a Clinical Psychologist (PSY28017) and have been providing services in various capacities within the field of mental health and social services since 2004. I have provided psychotherapy services with a wide array of populations including adolescents and young adults learning to navigate the journey towards adulthood, the LGBTQIA community, individuals coping with trauma, and individuals experiencing grief and loss. I have worked with older adults who are becoming less mobile and more dependent on others as well as caregivers (often the children) learning to manage the unique stressors of caring for older adults. I also have extensive work with people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, compulsive behaviors, and substance abuse.
I believe that every person’s experience is contextual and unique, influenced by family of origin, life experiences, and view of the world. I am passionate about helping others discover how to effectively manage what life throws at us by learning the value of vulnerability, understanding how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors, developing healthier relationships, and learning how we can live in a way that is genuine and authentic.