Counseling and Therapeutic approaches

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Research shows that counseling can lead to a significant reduction in feelings of distress, improve coping skills, enhance relationships, increase problem solving skills, as well as help you learn to live in the present. My primary goal in treatment is to make you feel heard, seen, understood and that you not feel alone in your struggles.

In my practice, I work to collaborate together with you to help you find the solutions to the answers you seek. I try to modify the treatment to suit the individual or family needs.Treatment may be relational or process work, or more goal directed and focused on specific behavior changes.  For most successful outcomes, issues will typically need to be worked on at home as well as in the therapy sessions. In the case of children, parents often need to make changes in their own behavior in order to help their children to change as well. Progress may happen slowly and requires a very active effort on the clients part.

 

I will work hard to create a safe space for you to ask important questions and engage in nonjudgmental conversations that facilitate new insight. I am dedicated to providing compassionate individualized care for you, your child or in your relationships.

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Scope of practice:
*Individuals: Teens-Adult (13 +)
*Parent Coaching

*Couples
*Relationship Work

Areas of specialty include:
*Anxiety– Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic, Perfectionism


*Depression– Situational and chronic depression


*School related concerns– Learning Difficulties, Behavioral concerns, Social concerns, and Stress Management


*Relationship issues – Family relationships, Couples, Peers, Parent-Child, Partner, Blended Families


*Life transition-College Life, Independent Living, Marriage, Parenthood, Separation, Divorce, Relocation, Changes in Employment,  Empty Nest, Retirement


*Grief and loss– Chronic illness, Complicated Grief, including Intergenerational Trauma


*Women and Gender issues– Self Esteem, Sexism, Postpartum Depression, Abuse/Intimate Partner Violence


*Trauma and PTSD– Recent trauma or Childhood Trauma

Trainings:
*Mindful Self Compassion(MSC)
*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)
*Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
*Complicated Grief Therapy Principles & Procedures
*Threat, Trauma & Secure Functioning in Romantic Relationships with Stan Tatkin
*Forbidden Conversations: Sex, Death & Money with Esther Perel

*The Couples Experiential Workshop with Terry Real
*Foundations of British Object Relations course

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 Self-compassion is strongly linked to psychological well being, including optimism and connectedness, as well as decreased anxiety, depression, neurotic perfectionism, and rumination.  Dr. Kristin Neff considers three major components of self-compassion; self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness. Self kindness refers to the ability to treat oneself with care and understanding rather than harsh self-judgment. Common humanity involves recognizing that imperfection is a shared aspect of the human experience rather than feeling isolated by one's failures. Mindfulness refers to holding one's present moment to moment experience in balance perspective rather than exaggerating the dramatic story line of one's suffering. For more understanding of mindful self compassion click here www.centerformsc.org 

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Rates:

* Individual therapy session, 50 minutes, $150

* Relationship session, 75 minutes, $210
* School Consultation/Outside Provider meeting, $175/hour
* No charge for calls about appointments or similar business.

Fees:

I currently do not accept insurance. However if you do have insurance, your carrier may provide some coverage for mental health treatment with an out-of-network provider. I will provide you with a detailed monthly billing statement at the end of each month which has all of the important and necessary provider and procedure information which your insurance will need to process a claim. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.  As with any insurance questions, it is a good idea to call your insurance company directly to verify coverage before receiving services. Some helpful questions to ask include:

* What is the reimbursement rate for an out-of-network provider? Will you reimburse for care provided by as a LMHC?
* Is approval required from my primary care physician for me to pursue and be reimbursed for mental health services?
* How many outpatient mental health sessions are covered per year?
* What is my deductible and has it been met?

Reduced Fees:
I have a few a sliding scale fee slots in my practice. Please inquire about the availability of those slots if needing a reduced fee.

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Once an appointment hour is selected, that session time is yours while in treatment together. I will make every best effort to reschedule a missed appointment that week if available. I require a one week cancellation notice in order to avoid paying for a missed session.