What is your style of working?
My work is informed by several different approaches to psychotherapy. I believe that the most essential element is that we connect on a personal level. We will spend some time getting comfortable with each other. This is especially true when I work with adolescents. I don’t expect anyone to share their most personal thoughts and experiences with me until they are ready. I deeply respect my clients and I believe that they are the experts in their lives. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients, encouraging them to set the pace.
Another important component of my approach to my work is to acknowledge that we exist within a context of culture and environment, and have experiences and knowledge that affects how we feel. I will be interested to hear about how you interact with “systems” (school, work, relationships, etc.) you are a part of. I am curious about how you identify yourself, and the communities you are engaged in. It will be important for me to hear about the things that are working, as well as areas that are causing distress. Additionally, I recognize that we are not all treated fairly or equally, and things like one’s gender presentation or race, a student’s learning style or invisible disability can impact how one experiences the world. I believe difference is essential and beautiful, and I am supportive of finding new ways of being. I think everyone deserves to be able to occupy their own unique space in the world.
Everyone has their own particular reason for coming to therapy. I would love to collaborate with you to figure out what works for you.
How long can I expect it will take to see changes?
That depends! Some people stay with me for years, while others get what they need in a few months. We can discuss your goals and reasons for seeking therapy and see what makes sense to you. Often times the “results” are visible and recognizable very quickly. Sometimes it takes longer to put some of the pieces together in a way that makes sense “in the real world.” In fact, how things are progressing is something I like to discuss in our sessions. I will want to hear from you how you think our work is going!
What do you think about medication?
I think medication can be extremely helpful and can make a significant difference in some lives. I do not believe that everyone needs medication, and I would defer to a physician to make the determination, but we can certainly discuss it, if it seems like something that may be helpful.
Do you work with children?
I love working with young people. I have worked with adolescents for many years, and they are inspiring. I prefer to work with age 12 or older for individual therapy. However, if I am working with a family, younger children are more than welcome to participate.
What are your hours?
I am available for appointments on weekends, weekdays and weekday evenings.