Welcome! Getting started in therapy can be overwhelming. You've probably been struggling for a while, thinking everything would be fine in a few days... next week... next month... Making the decision to reach out to a therapist is a big first step! Take a moment to acknowledge your bravery.
Why therapy? It may feel indulgent to pay someone to talk to. Maybe it seems like too much of a time commitment with everything else that's going on. Can't I just talk to my friends? Partner? Why can't my child just tell me what's wrong? Collaborating with a therapist offers much more than unloading on a friend or family member. For one thing, it's all about you. My focus is accepting you as you are - and processing your emotions, past issues, and present concerns, hopes and wishes in a safe and connected relationship. You can read more about therapy here: http://www.goodtherapy.org/what-is-therapy.html
Above everything, therapy is about the relationship. In fact, the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client predict the most successful outcomes. I approach my clients with unconditional positive regard, quickly establishing a sense of trust and safety. We will collaborate, laugh, cry, and grow together. We'll find your strengths, and use the resources you develop to resolve what you're struggling with.
You've probably been to a therapist before, and it hasn't quite felt right. Or maybe you liked them, but felt disconnected from their approach. Felt that there was a way to work more deeply with your emotions, but your therapist wanted to talk about your thoughts, and give you homework. Felt really bogged down in the details, and the negative, of what's been going on in your life. Haven't really laughed.
In our work together, we will privilege the positive. We will laugh. (And likely cry, too.) We'll develop a relationship that will "undo the aloneness" that we feel when our emotions are held within for waaaay too long. Therapy is specifically tailored to the person who is sitting in front of me, and will look different for everyone. Above everything, you will be heard and seen.
If you're interested in specifics: I am an integrative clinician, which means that I take multiple approaches to the therapy. We will work together to address your most pressing concerns first, using strategies to enable you to have some relief from your symptoms. As symptoms improve, emotions are uncovered and acknowledged. Above all, I am interested in developing the relationship, which provides a safe place to explore your concerns together in a respectful and collaborative way.
Training & Education: I have years of experience working with children and their families as a Professional School Counselor, have worked as a community mental health professional, and in college counseling centers. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and follow their ethical and professional guidelines.
Level I Clinical Certification - Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute, New York, NY
Post-Masters, Counseling - Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
MA in Education and Human Development - School Counseling - The George Washington University, Washington, DC
BA Communication: Public Communication - The American University, Washington, DC
Working together: My fee is $120 per 50-minute individual session, $180 per 80=minute individual session, and $150 per 50-minute family session. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is typically made at each session. I maintain a few sliding scale spots for those who demonstrate need.
As an out-of-network insurance provider, I would be happy to provide you with a monthly statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company about deductible levels and rates of reimbursement.
Anxiety. You know the feeling - heart racing, chest pounding, mind going a mile a minute. It happened a few times and you thought “no big deal.” But it’s happening more, and in places like the car on the drive to work, in a meeting, while you’re teaching a class.
Or you have a constant buzzing in your head. Your thoughts race from one topic to the next, and you feel like you can’t get anything done. You’re constantly distracted and depleted. You can’t remember the next thing you’re supposed to do, and your to-do list is piling up.
Maybe you’ve tried some relaxation techniques on your own, or tried a few “Self-Care Sundays.” But it’s not working. We’ll get to the bottom of what’s going on in a holistic way. You’ll learn coping strategies while we look deeper at what may be at the core of the issue.
We all know the common anxiety symptoms, but read more about some uncommon anxiety symptoms here: https://themighty.com/2018/04/uncommon-weird-anxiety-symptoms/
Performers - artists, creatives - we are a very special group of people. You are both introverts and extroverts, seem to have boundless energy and yet need a lot of time alone to recharge, can be with hundreds or thousands of people performing, but only have a small group of friends. You have to have many faces, and that can get tricky.
You have to give all of yourselves into your art - a role, a piece of music, a masterpiece - and that can leave you feeling drained and not yourself.
My specific therapeutic approach, AEDP, quickly gets to the root of the complex emotions felt by performers and creatives, freeing you up to pour yourself into your work.
Dr. Kaufman's Psychology Today article says it all: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beautiful-minds/201008/after-the-show-the-many-faces-the-performer
Late adolescence/early adulthood is a time of major change. I see two groups.
Older teens (17-19.) Developing brains are creating new neural connections every minute - and teens seem to grow before our eyes. You may be having a pleasant conversation with your teen one minute, and not even feel like you know them the next.
Today's teens are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety at rates higher than ever before. And yet the majority go untreated. Living in this fast-paced society makes it hard for teens and parents to connect - and holding in painful emotions can feel overwhelming, especially to adolescents.
Therapy can provide a safe space for teens to connect with themselves. I prioritize creating an environment of safety and trust where teens can express themselves without judgement.
Read more about adolescent development here: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/topics/adolescence/development/en/
Young Adults (20-30.) You’ve graduated from college and now what? Adulting seemed like fun before but now that it’s here, you’re not so sure. Finding a job, Maybe living with parents, and having them nag you like you’re in high school again. Losing touch with your friends - were’t you just living your best life?
The stress, anxiety, depression, and fear that comes with life after college can be intense. It can feel lonely. It can feel like no one else feels this way - the sense of loss, stress, hopelessness.
I assure you, you’re not alone.
Together, we will explore your loss, and grieve. We’ll explore what’s next, and we’ll make plans.
Read more about post-graduate depression here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-post-graduation-depression-20170808-story.html
Curious about mindfulness and meditation? Wondering how mindfulness meditation can help you to feel more connected to yourself and others in your life? Sometimes it can feel like you're constantly on a treadmill, without a way off. Or you're up at 3 in the morning with racing thoughts. I offer multiple paths to mindfulness meditation and teach in individual and group formats, to kids of all ages and adults. My mindfulness teaching is grounded in the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief program. Please enjoy a selection of meditations. Learn more about current Mindfulness Meditation class offerings here.
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