I do individual adult therapy. I use psychodynamic (traditional/Freudian – the same type as what you see on TV and in the movies), psychoeducational and reality approaches, strategic planning, grounding techniques, relaxation techniques such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), visualization, and holistic approaches, such as meditation. Over the years, I’ve increasingly used both practical and creative/out-of-the-box approaches, which work beautifully. An example of this is my recording a meditation exercise on a person’s Smart Phone (IPhone or Android), as we do it in the office, so they can meditate at home to the sound of my voice if they chose to. Also referring clients to adjunctive specialists for an evaluation if needed, for example, an acupuncturist or dietician. I also find that including aspects of a client’s life that are important to them, for instance music, politics, gardening, etc, can help promote healing. Therapy isn’t meant to be a replacement for your life; it’s meant to get you back to the business of living your life.
I’m usually described as warm, reassuring, down to earth, and having a calming voice. I have a natural give and take conversational style, so people comment that they don’t feel “talked down to”. I also have a knack for being able to put things in a way that the person can relate to, which “resonates” with them. Although I treat most issues, those that I treat most often are anxiety, stress and fears (including fear of flying), panic attacks, relationship problems, trauma, work-life balance, and life transitions, such as relocations to or from Boston, changing jobs, aging, and divorce or break-ups.
We often talk about the past, in part to find the root of the problem. Most people prefer this, saying they never had the opportunity to so before. Sometimes it’s not necessary, or someone prefers not to. Research shows it’s not necessary in order to lead a satisfying life. But primarily we focus on the present.
Studies have also repeatedly shown throughout the years, that one of the most important healing factors in therapy is the therapeutic relationship. It doesn’t matter what the approach or orientation of the therapist. It is the vehicle that keeps moving the therapy up the track. That’s why it’s so important to find a therapist who not only has training and experience in what your issue is, it’s also important that you find someone you’re comfortable with, or at least enough so that you think you can work with them. In other words, you want to go for “a match”. Therapy can be hard enough at times, and you don’t want to have to deal with a therapeutic relationship that starts out being difficult, as well. If you need to, interview a few different therapists. If you hit numbers 19 or 20, then you might want to take a look at yourself, and see if there might be some fear that’s standing in the way.
Please feel free to contact me with questions about what you’ve read here. You’re also welcome to contact me so we can see whether I have the training and experience that you need for your particular issue, and also whether this looks, to both of us, like it might be a good match. We can also talk about fees. I give a half-hour complimentary phone consult, so please feel free to call me.
I am no longer accepting insurance. My fee is $130.00 – $150.00 per session. I accept cash and checks, but not credit cards.