Hello! Welcome to my therapy page. I have worked many years in the field and specialize in dealing with mood problems such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorders ,panic or issues related to stress. Since 2 out of 3 people that are diagnosed with a mood problem are women, I have developed an expertise in working with women clients - women in transition, going through divorce, life crisis, grief and loss, relationship issues- you name it. That’s not to say I don’t work well with men; just saying my specialties .
Some people like to cover their pain with alcohol and/ or drugs, so I have become very familiar with working in that area as well.
It’s hard to change, yet with help, you can live a new life. The one you’ve always wanted.
I love my work. I get a great deal of satisfaction helping someone who has been struggling, work through an issue (s), and come out the other side; feeling a greater sense of purpose, happier, healthier and able to live the life they want too. To me, that’s what therapy is all about.
Judi is a great therapist . She is a wonderful listener and has ready tools and strategies to teach me to to build a better life. Thank you Thervo for helping me find such a great referral.
I am very eclectic. After I get to know you through a brief assessment period, together we can decide what treatment may be needed or work better for your individual situation. I do like to utilize CBT therapy and other evidence based therapies for mood disorders as it has been extremely effective.
I received my Masters in Psychology in 2000 and opened up my private practice then. Prior to that, I had been working as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Couselor since the ‘80’s.
I was a Psychiatric Registered Nurse, and worked in the mental health field for many years, specializing in the practice of mood disorders. I was lucky enough to have worked in the finest and state of the art Depression Departments around the Country. I feel fortunate to have learned from some of the top Psychiatrists from the National Institute of Mental Health, how to diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, stress disorders , Bi-polar , and other mood disorders. I am confident I can help you find some relief to your situation.
I work with most insurance companies, accept self- pay, and have a sliding scale for those that require one
I have always been interested in helping people. I started volunteering in hospitals when I was just 14. That summer, I won the award for giving the most hours. At age 18, I went through Nursing School and became fascinated by our mental health rotation. By the end of that semester, I was hooked. I practiced Psychiatric Nursing for many years before I knew I wanted more. More knowledge. More skills. So in 1997 I started grad school to practice as a therapist. And I couldn’t be happier.
I specialize in working with people who have issues with their moods. Depression, anxiety stress, Postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, Anger management, bipolar disorder and PTSD just to name a few mood issues. I am able to work with children through the elderly. Individuals as well as families and groups.
Recently I worked with a first time mother who had been referred to me with Post-partum Depression. Her baby was 5 months old when she started therapy. She was extremely depressed, anxious and suicidal. Though she had returned to work, she was still breastfeeding and had to resort to pumping at work. After my initial evaluation and getting to know her better in a few more appointments , we discussed the possibility that breastfeeding could still be causing increased hormone activity, and thus the Postpartum depression. Within two weeks of stopping breast-feeding, this mother’s symptomology decreased to the point where you would’ve never known she was depressed. She came in to her next session stating “I feel like my old self again”. Wow, I felt wonderful for her.
I would look at their experience first. But I would also interview them , either on the phone or in person. I believe you have to feel comfortable with your therapist. Otherwise you may not get the experience you need. Feeling safe, trusting, and good about your therapist is crucial to the therapy experience.