If you’re looking for a therapist to do individual therapy with, you’re probably curious about how that works.
LOGISTICS: From a logistical standpoint, you hire me to help you work through some mental/emotional painful problems. Similar to hiring an M.D. to heal a physical pain, patients come to a psychotherapist because that emotional pain is interfering with their ability to function well.
Issues I Work With: My specialty is working with adults who were abused and traumatized as children – emotionally, sexually, and/or physically. This includes ACAs (adult children of alcoholics) and adult children of narcissists or those in adult relationships with narcissists (both are often the case). And the mood disorders that are usually a part of trauma – depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder. I’ve also been working with adults who have left religious cults. See my link on “Cult Recovery” under Psychotherapy Services.
Session Scheduling: I typically see you once a week for 50 minutes, at a time that is mutually convenient to both of us.
Length of treatment is up to you and will vary depending on what the pain is. If you are working through a childhood trauma, your therapy will take longer than if you are just wanting help with a current life transition. Ask about this when we meet.
Fee: My fee is $200/session for individuals; $210 for couples.
ORIENTATION: If you’ve read the page on “How Therapy Works,” then you know how I approach my work with clients. I use Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory as a basis, and employ Control Mastery Theory as well. If you haven’t read this page, I encourage you to do so. I want you to feel comfortable with my approach, and know what you are paying for.
The research being done in cognitive neuroscience to determine how the brain changes is fascinating to me, because I can then help my clients understand and use this knowledge. I studied with Dr. Daniel Siegel in Los Angeles for 5 years. I was part of his monthly study group then, and I continue to attend his workshops. I also completed a “Neuroscience Certificate Course for the Treatment of Trauma, Anxiety and Stress Disorders.” It goes without saying that I am an avid reader in this discipline.
I also incorporate other theories, such as Family Systems, Self Psychology, Inner Child, and various other approaches.
HEALING our minds is one of the most important things that we can do to ensure a happy and rewarding life. What we believe, we create, and the good news is that because our beliefs were instilled in us after birth, they are mutable. Changing our beliefs about how the world and relationships work can result in a life that is worth celebrating. And whether you believe that you live once, or many times, why not make this one the best ever?