Individual Therapy

My Philosophy

I believe all people have the potential to change, heal and find meaning.  I see myself as a facilitator, helping you activate your own natural ability to do this.  Therapy is a safe space for you to share your thoughts, feelings and history, explore your goals and your relationships, and experiment with new ways of being in the world.  I also believe most problems in the present relate in some way to unresolved issues from the past.  By identifying and resolving these issues, we can bring about the change you are looking for in your life.

Areas of Expertise

I specialize in trauma therapy and grief therapy, and I also work with clients around many other issues, including:

I also have experience helping clients in many other areas and with other specific diagnoses.  Please contact me to discuss whether I can help you with your specific goals.

Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy is grounded in neurobiology and draws on many different theories, from both within the field of mental health therapy and other disciplines.  I am certified in a type of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which I use within a trauma therapy framework.  This does not mean I only use EMDR or only do trauma therapy.  EMDR was originally only used for trauma therapy, but it has now been shown to be effective for many different types of issues.  I also incorporate ideas and techniques from many other types of therapies into the EMDR work that I do with clients.  I think of EMDR and trauma therapy as the umbrella under which all of my work takes place.  I have found this approach to be very effective for most clients, even people who do not specifically want to work on trauma issues or who do not even self-identify as trauma survivors.

 

I am more than just “trauma-informed” or “grief-informed.”  My specialty training and focus on trauma and grief creates a lens through which I see and think about all client situations.  I have come to believe many of the problems that bring people into therapy have some connection to unresolved issues related to trauma and/or grief.  If you wanted to work on anxiety, for example, we would explore your history to understand where the anxiety started, and often what we find is that the roots of the anxiety are wrapped around some type of unresolved trauma and/or grief issues.  These issues might be related to “big” traumas or losses, or they might not be.  You might not even know that you have had a trauma or a loss at all.  However, when we figure out what the trauma and/or grief issues are and address them, the anxiety typically resolves.  This is just one example (anxiety), and the same approach can be applied to other goals as well.

Basic Information

  • I am located in Wayne, PA.  Currently, I am only offering telemental health due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • I work with adult clients (ages 18+).  I do not offer therapy for children, adolescents or families at this time.

  • I welcome clients of all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities, abilities and body types.  I am culturally sensitive and LGBTQ+, poly and kink affirming.

  • Therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes long.  We can also schedule longer sessions as needed.

  • Clients meet weekly or every other week, depending on individual needs.

  • For information about fees and insurance, please click here.

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