MY APPROACH TO TREATMENT...
WHAT I TREAT...
I treat a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, and addictive disorders/dual diagnosis, among others. Please note that I provide treatment for individuals only. I do not provide marriage/family/couples therapy. My practice is limited to adults/older adults.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After discussing your concerns and a comprehensive assessment, we will discuss possible causes and contributing factors that may be underlying and contributing to your distress. Together, we will work to identify treatment alternatives that fit your individual goals, preferences, and lifestyle.
I work and have experience in treating a wide range of clients, including:
Individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning
Health Care Professionals
In addition to being a licensed psychologist and professional counselor, I am also a professional nurse and nurse practitioner. This background informs my approach to psychiatric/mental health care. My approach is holistic, and one that emphasizes the work of therapy coupled with lifestyle modifications. It is only through the treatment of the person as a whole that healing can be achieved.
The goals of therapy are many and may include:
Helping you think through events and change behavioral patterns that are not useful.
Focusing on how you are feeling emotionally and physically and learning to use this information more effectively.
Increasing self-awareness of both automatic thought processes and unconscious material that may be causing or at least contributing to your distress.
Journaling and take-home activities to help you process and practice skills discussed in sessions.
Exploring how past events have impacted current life experiences and ways of relating to others.
While I am skilled in several treatment modalities such as Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Humanistic-Existential Therapy (among others), my primary treatment method is psychoanalysis. I prefer this treatment modality because although it takes longer, its effects are more enduring than the other "briefer" therapies, and it tends to positively impact other areas of your life-- not just the issue that brought you to therapy in the first place. However, before proceeding, we will discuss available treatment options.
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES
In addition to being a licensed psychologist, I am also a Pennsylvania state-licensed and board-certified (across the lifespan) psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). In this capacity, I can provide medication management as indicated. Our work is primarily counseling in nature but may include medications- ONLY if appropriate. We can discuss this in greater detail when we meet.
I deliberately keep my practice small. By doing this, I get to know all of my clients quite well. You are important and to me, you are a person- not a "case number." My clients can always get an appointment with me within a matter of a day or two (and if it is emergent--the same day), not weeks or months from now.
PSYCHOANALYSIS... SERIOUSLY, DO I REALLY HAVE TO LAY ON A COUCH?
People ask me this question all the time. The answer is "no." Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has changed over the years. Freud's famous couch was actually a gift from a patient, Madame Bevenisti, around 1890. She gifted it to him because she wanted to be comfortable during her lengthy therapy sessions with Freud. Eventually, Freud adopted the practice of sitting behind the client who was lying on the couch. Some people thought that this was to allow the person greater freedom to speak (or to "free associate," as we psychoanalysts say), but in actuality, he did it because he acknowledged that he couldn't stand being "stared at" for 8 hours a day!
While psychoanalysis has changed over the decades, many analysts still use the couch. But, of course, you don't have to. You can sit on the couch with your feet on the floor, you can put your feet up on the hassock, you can lay on the couch, or you can just sit in one of the chairs. It's all about you feeling comfortable during the session. But I have to tell you- like Madame Bevenisti, everyone who tries the couch enjoys the experience!