People seek counseling with me for many reasons. Some individuals are coping with depression, anxiety, and anger. Others have suffered loss, such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, a breakup, or a move away from family and friends. Still others are haunted by traumatic events such as physical and sexual abuse, combat experiences, bullying, and natural disasters. Ultimately, most people want to feel peaceful, confident, and productive, and they want to form and maintain meaningful relationships with others. It can be difficult reaching out for help, but others frequently comment about how comfortable and effective therapy actually is for them.
My research-based treatment approaches are generally cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and interpersonal. I help individuals learn new ways of thinking about, approaching and coping with various challenges within their lives. When ready, I also help people explore and process the hurtful events that have occurred in their lives. Forming a strong working alliance is crucial to the effectiveness of psychotherapy. I view the process as a collaborative effort and adapt various strategies to fit the needs of the person.