My areas of focus are anxiety and trauma, as well as adjusting to major changes in life. I meet people where they are, providing gentle encouragement here and there to move toward deeper work when ready. Most of what I do is present-moment focused, though it is necessary at times to look at the past to understand the roots of present problems.
I’m always happy to conduct a 15-minute phone or video call to discuss your needs and questions before scheduling your first therapy session. Just click here and select either phone consult or Zoom consult (for video).
Here is a brief overview of some of what I do.
Dealing with life events/major stress
“I wanted this baby, so why do I feel so resentful?”
“I’ve worked all my life for retirement, but now I feel useless.”
“My spouse seemed happy until the day he/she walked out on me.”
“I’m successful in others’ eyes, but I fee like an impostor.”
Life can throw us curve balls. Sometimes even happy, planned, life events — such as getting married, having a baby or retiring — can bring on stress or mixed feelings that we struggle to resolve. Usually we handle these things and move on, but occasionally we get stuck. We feel anxious, can’t sleep, have difficulty getting our minds “right” and back on track.
Learning to face our situation head-on and to surf the difficult feelings that come up is a skill that can help with any life transition. I teach mindfulness skills and the ability to think about how we think about things — how’s that for a tongue twister?
Trauma robs us of our belief that we can handle what life throws at us. All well-researched trauma treatments are most effective when done in weekly sessions for 3-4 months. Such intensive, short-term treatment can be emotionally difficult, but once treatment is completed, most clients feel less anxious and more confident. If weekly therapy doesn’t fit into your budget or your life schedule, every other week can work well as long as you engage in between-session work (AKA homework).
Cognitive Processing Therapy is a cognitive therapy — meaning it focuses on thoughts and beliefs — for trauma symptoms. Sessions focus on changing your beliefs related to the trauma, and written between-session work is a required part of the therapy. Such work includes filling out one worksheet per day (10-15 minutes) and writing a short narrative about the trauma and its effects on your thinking and behavior.
EMDR is a wacky little therapy that is hard to describe. The name is short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It combines imaginal exposures (thinking about your trauma or other negative experience) with rhythmic eye movements similar to those in REM sleep.
It can be used for a wide range of problems. More than 20 quality research studies have shown EMDR’s effectiveness in relieving symptoms of trauma, anxiety, grief and addictions, as well as many other issues. For more information, there is an FAQ here: EMDR Research Foundation
My fees are as follows:
- Individual therapy session: $110
- No-show/late cancellation (less than 24 hours): $40
- Court appearances: $250 per hour, including minimum 2 hours preparation as well as travel to/from court and time spent waiting to testify
I am currently able to accept Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as well as Humana insurance, however I plan to exit these panels in 2020.
Generally, you may be able to get partial reimbursement for our sessions if your insurance allows out-of-network benefits. In such cases, I provide a document called a superbill (different from a receipt) that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. You typically will not get reimbursed my full fee, but whatever that company’s rate is in this area, less the cost of your copay .
It is your responsibility to understand your benefits, and I highly recommend contacting your insurer to determine their out-of-network benefit policies before scheduling! I’m happy to help in any way I can.