How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the stressors of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
What therapy modalities do you use?
I use various therapy modalities to help clients work through the issues they are struggling with and collaborate to make a treatment plan that works best for them. Some of the different modalities I use are listed below with a description of what they are. This is not a full list of therapy modalities that I am trained in, but some common modalities that I tend to use the most.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Somatic therapy also known as somatic experiencing and somatic experiencing therapy, somatic therapy incorporates the mind, body, and spirit into therapeutic healing work. Somatic therapy aims to treat the effects of PTSD and other mental and emotional health issues through the connection of mind and body and uses a body-centric approach. Unlike standard mental health therapy types like CBT that focus prominently on the mind, somatic therapy incorporates body-oriented modalities such as dance, breath work, and meditation to support patients through their healing journeys. In addition, somatic experiencing therapy sessions include talk therapy and mind-body exercises. This therapy aims to help release how a physical body holds on to stress, tension, and trauma, rather than only resolving problems verbally.
Attachment therapy is based on attachment theory and explores how one’s childhood experiences might impact their ability to form meaningful bonds as adults. Though attachment therapy is often recommended for those who had negative childhood experiences, anyone struggling to foster deep connections with others might benefit therapy. In attachment-based therapy, therapists work with people who need help rebuilding trust in relationships, especially because people with dysregulation of attachment tend to fall into difficult interpersonal relationships.
Do you take insurance?
I currently do not take insurance, but I can offer a super bill that you can provide to insurance for reimbursement. Insurance companies can limit the type of therapy provided and the amount of services, which can put barriers on people and their healing process. If you have out of network benefits, then you likely can submit a super bill to insurance for reimbursement of fees. I have a limited number of sliding scale spots for those who may not have the same resources as others. Please let me know if you are experiencing financial difficulty and would like to discuss the sliding scale spots.
Do you use tele-health or in person sessions?
I currently am providing tele-health services only since the beginning of the pandemic. I have found that this has allowed for more clients to have access to services as there is no longer an issue with travel time. If in the future I am getting more feedback that there is a need for in-person services, I will look into finding a physical office space. In study after study, mental health experts have found that patients who receive mental health care through telehealth have outcomes that are at least as good as those who go to in-person appointments. This is true for both psychiatry and therapy. Furthermore, some evidence suggests that telehealth may be more effective for some people in the long-term. This may be because it’s easier to access and keep up with over time.