Therapy

Therapy is a relationship. A collaborative relationship in which language and human presence are the tools for healing and change.  I will rely on you to identify your primary issues and concerns at each session. Therapy is also process, and healing can take time. It can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.

““…it is a generally accepted standard of care that effective treatment requires treatment of the individual’s underlying condition and is not limited to alleviation of the individual’s current symptoms.” . . . the appropriate duration of treatment for behavioral health disorders is based on the individual needs of the patient; there is no specific limit on the duration of such treatment.” .” Read the article here https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/03/real-not-sham-mental-health-coverage/

It is common to schedule a series of weekly 60 minute sessions.

The Value of Psychotherapy

The goal of working on ourselves psychologically is psychological liberty. To become more free — liberated from whatever is blocked, negative, and destructive — from whatever is unfree, conflicted, fearful, and wounded in ourselves. It is a process of becoming increasingly freed from our fears and conflicts, from our wayward passions and compulsions, from our disordered desires, inner confusions, and illusions. In the last analysis, learning how to transcend the ego is nothing less than learning how to love. Until we learn to truly love ourselves and others, there can be no hope of lasting happiness or peace or redemption. It is because we do not love ourselves properly that we lose ourselves so easily in the many illusions ego sets before us. A truly free, psychologically liberated, enlightened person is transparent, open, unself-conscious, radiant, and accessible to others. (Riso, Personality Types, 348; enneagraminstitute.com)

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Practical Benefits

Talking with a counselor can provide you with alternative perspectives to your circumstances, validation that your feelings and concerns do matter, and a place where you can work through difficulties without condemnation or shame. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships as well as ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen attentively is helpful. Some of the benefits include developing new interpersonal, emotional regulation, and stress management skills, attaining insight into long-standing dysfunctional personal patterns and behavior; discovering new ways to solve old problems; increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being; improved listening and communication skills. Overall, people who achieve their goals during our work together have lower levels of anxiety and stress, increased self-confidence, decreased relationship conflicts, and enhanced overall quality of life.

Fees

My services are fee-based (fee for service). I offer a 10% discount on the purchase of a package of 10 sessions.  I do not accept insurance, and do not have a sliding scale.  Same day (date of scheduling) appointments are sometimes available.

Initial Consultation

The intial consultation is to learn about you and your concerns as well as giving you an opportunity to get to know me.  If I think I can be of help and you feel that you may be able to come to trust me, we will engage in a collaborative effort toward reaching your unique and specific goals.