Welcome! I’m glad you have taken this step towards change. Reaching out to a psychologist and making the first appointment can be the hardest part of therapy.
Therapy can be a significant investment of your time, energy and money so it is important that you find a therapist who is a "good fit." I have created this website to give you a sense of who I am and what I do as a psychologist.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about me or my practice. I look forward to hearing from you!
I use an approach grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you deal with the many facets of anxiety: worry, nervousness, stress, discomfort in social situations, sudden feelings of panic, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors. We will work together to identify more effective and practical ways to cope with the anxiety so you can pursue activities and relationships with more ease and joy.
Depression impacts how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally. Therapy can help you with the healing of hopelessness, sadness, low motivation, low energy, irritability, sleep disruption, loss of interest and pleasure in life.
Traumatic experiences are when you experience a threat to your life or safety, relentless stress, or any situation that shatters your sense of security, making you feel helpless, fearful and isolated. These experiences can haunt you and disrupt your life with fear, avoidance, nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts. I use therapeutic interventions grounded in research that can help you reset your body's natural equilibrium so that you can more fully engage in your life activities.
I see addictions both to substances and behaviors (such as shopping, eating, and gambling) as efforts to deal with life stressors. Therapy can help you let go of those behaviors, heal the wounds that fuel the addiction, and learn more effective and satisfying approaches to navigating the challenges of life.
Therapy can help you identify patterns of interactions and thoughts that don't serve you well in your relationships, as well as help you explore your wants and needs so that you can develop more satisfying and meaningful relationships.
With low self-esteem, taking on the challenges of life can seem daunting. You may see yourself - without even realizing it - in a harsh and critical light. Your genes, childhood experiences and other life circumstances all play a role. Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and self-acceptance are powerful ways that can help you transform those ways of thinking so you can feel more self-confident.
Each person’s grief process is unique. Grief can trigger a wide range of emotional responses as well as physical and spiritual reactions. Emotionally, grief is often not limited to feelings of sadness, but can also bring on feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt, fear, regret, relief. It can also lead to obsessive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, and denial. Loss of someone or something meaningful may make you question your spiritual beliefs, and grief may have you bouncing between different thoughts and feelings. In working through grief, some find relief from their grief through taking on tasks and actively problem solving, while others need to turn inward and experience a heightened emotional response. Therapy can help you navigate this often complex process and help you find a way forward -- in your own way and in your own time; you do not have to endure your grief alone.