I use a variety of counseling techniques and methods to help individuals, couples and families meet their needs. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. This includes active listening, empathy and support. Counseling is not a service that is strictly advice giving or telling you what to do. We work together to come to the best solution and the path that makes sense in your situation. It is helping you to build meaningful goals, coping mechanisms and a positive future while working on the here and now. There are times during the process when things might feel anxiety provoking which is normal and we will work at your pace.
At any time you are able to terminate treatment and/or are able to bring up issues with the counselor if you feel that your treatment is not going the way you want.
Your files are kept private, confidential and this office follows HIPPA rules.
You may request to receive an explanation of services, your diagnosis, records, treatment concerns and be involved in your care.
You may contact the Office of Professions with any complaints about your treatment.
You will be treated with respect to your culture and beliefs without being judged.
Confidentiality may be broken if there is a suspect of intent to harm self or others. There is a suspected child or elder abuse in which CPS or state agencies may be contacted. There is a court order or litigation going on where the records could be subpoenaed.
This office does not discriminate against any sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, place of origin, past history of treatments or disabilities. We will work with you in order to help make payments as necessary. This office is wheelchair accessible with slight bumps in the doorway where someone can help the patient enter. There is also close parking to the entrance for handicapped patients.
You Are Responsible for....
Showing respect to the office and health care professionals.
While changes in appointments do happen, you must rescheduling within 24 hours without a cancellation fee.
It is up to you to provide accurate information about your health and mental health in order for the office to best help you.
It is upon you to discuss when your condition has worsen so that alternative modalities can be applied in order to best treat your condition.
You are responsible for paying for your treatment on time.
Following the agreed upon goals and strategies in accordance with your treatment and participate in each session.
In the event of a medical emergency 911 will be called. In the case of a psychiatric emergency 911, hospitalization, crisis services and/or a person on your crisis plan may be contacted in order to keep you safe.
CBT - CBT therapy is designed to help clients understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviors that relate to their difficulties. It helps to change patterns of thinking and behaving resulting in a person feeling better. This approach is goal directed and includes working through problems. I use CBT to treat anxiety, depression, anger, panic attacks, relationship issues and impulsive disorders. We will examine certain scenarios in your life and discuss how to deal with them. It works well with adults and adolescents. CBT is one of the most popular forms of therapy.
Person Centered - This type of therapy is more passive on the part of the therapist and involves active listening, exploring the persons issues, views the person as autonomous, and sharing of ideas between the client and therapist. It's more like an open conversation. I use the person centered approach to treat anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship concerns and to help explore what could be going on with a person.
Solution Focused - This therapy is goal directed and specific to a problem the client wants to solve. In solution focused there is brain storming and looking at how to meet these goals. This therapy tends to be shorter and is usually not used for psychiatric issues. Solution focused is used to look at specific problems and how to solve them. This could be having difficulties making decisions, difficulties with choosing something, career counseling and examines what resources the person has now in order to meet their future goals.
Psychoanalysis - In this therapy it examines the past as cause for mental health concerns. It explores childhood to current and looks to find areas that have caused mental health concerns. The person would then work through those concerns with their therapist. It works to release repressed emotions and to help the client gain insight into their condition. Helps to explain why someone might have a disorder. This is a longer term therapy and was introduced by Sigmund Freud.
Existential - This therapy is unique and catered to someone who wants to explore value and meaning in their life. It is not a traditional form of therapy because it tends to be used for people who have questions about their existence and how it causes them pain. This therapy explores bigger questions such as why am i here? or What is the meaning of my life? It is more abstract and philosophical in its nature. It tends to work well for college students, adults in life transitions, someone retiring or exploring meaning in life. It helps to define what the person realistically wants out of life and examines death, freedom, responsibility and anxiety.