SERVICES & INFORMATION
I work with individuals, including children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and parents. Together, we will tailor a treatment plan based on you or your child’s presenting problems. We will review goals at regular intervals to measure progress.
I work with children who are struggling with a variety of issues. I work with children who are struggling with a variety of issues. Some children might be experiencing feelings that they don’t understand or can’t put into words. They might exhibit behavioral issues at home or in the classroom. They might withdraw from social interactions for fear of making mistakes, or not have the skills required for peer relationships. My overarching philosophy is: children do as well as they can. It is important to explore the barriers to success and provide children with the tools they need to make progress. I incorporate evidence based therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), because it has shown to be effective in helping children with their problems.
The adolescent years can be especially challenging for parents and teenagers. Teens often seek greater independence from parents. They are trying to figure out their identity and place in the world. But, they still need support from parents, which can create a confusing dynamic. Peer relationships grow in complexity, and there might be questions about dating and relationships. There is greater emphasis on the future, GPAs and college plans. This can be an overwhelming time! It can be helpful to talk with someone who can help navigate these challenging years. I can work with your teen on creating a road map.
The transition from the teenage years to early adulthood can be difficult. Feelings of acute anxiety, sadness, isolation often occur. This might be the first time that many young adults have lived away from home. They are often confronted with new experiences that require them to manage issues on their own. It might be helpful to talk with someone who can provide support and help them balance their priorities.
Parents often know their children better than anyone, but they might not know how to help them overcome specific obstacles. It might seem like problematic patterns of behavior are repeating and parents are at a loss about what to do. At times, it can be helpful to reframe the problem to gain a better perspective of what is contributing to the behavior. Together, can find alternative ways to respond that will likely result in a better outcome.
TYPES OF THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has shown to be effective for a range of problems including depression and anxiety.
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a tic management strategy that incorporates increasing tic awareness and habit reversal.
Exposure response prevention (ERP) is a type of behavior therapy that is often used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder.
The primary purpose of supportive therapy is to increase one’s capacity to deal with stress. The therapeutic relationship is viewed as an essential component of growth and stabilization.
"Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to be a child."
-- Tom Stoppard
SERVICES & APPOINTMENTS
Our first appointment will be a 60 minute intake appointment. This will be an opportunity for me to understand more about more about the problems that led you to make the appointment and what you are hoping to accomplish. If you are seeking help for your child, our intake appointment will be a “parent only” session so I can gather important information about your child and understand how the issues are impacting the family dynamic.
After your intake appointment, we will a develop a treatment plan. Weekly appointments are usually recommended until you or your child has made progress on goals. After that point, we will decrease the frequency to every other week.
In order to facilitate managing my schedule, and as a courtesy to other patients, I require 24 hours notice prior to cancellation. If 24 hours notice isn’t given, you may be billed for a missed appointment or late cancellation.
I am an out of network, fee for service provider. Payment is required at the time of service. Most health insurance plans offer out of network benefits for psychological services, which entitles clients to obtain reimbursement for a percentage of the amount paid. I provide detailed receipts that include the necessary information.
I do not not participate directly with any insurance plans. Therefore, I am a provider who has "opted out" of TRICARE. Clients who see opt out providers may still be eligible for a percentage of amounts paid, depending on your Tricare plan.