I can help you get noticeable results. My approach to therapy includes the mind and body - while it often starts with more emphasis on neuroaffective or somatic work to get the mind and body bridged, it usually will include an increasing emphasis on things that most people expect in traditional therapy (insight, meaning, etc.). In the end, though, it depends on your individual needs. As we work together, I will pay close attention to which things work for you and which things don't.
The art of guiding people to unlock the life-changing power of what is uniquely theirs has become my study and passion, and often, success or failure in unlocking that power will hinge on neurological and physiological realities that are frequently missed, even in therapy with highly intelligent, compassionate therapists. I am continually gratified to find that as people genuinely engage in the process of therapy, they find a virtual well of strength, joy, and hope within themselves that liberates them to heal from past wounds, gracefully tolerate and accept reality, and connect with others compassionately. Whether I'm assisting someone with behavioral/mental health concerns (trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, etc), relationships, sexuality or life coaching/performance enhancement, I enjoy acting as a catalyst and a witness to this convergent, creative, process.
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There is almost nothing more enlivening and exciting than watching a person heal. I am honored to regularly act as both a facilitator and a witness in the process of transformative healing that can and should be the experience of therapy.
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I often start with a cost-free chat, either on the phone, or in person if our schedules align. This is a way for you to meet informally with me before spending any energy doing paperwork. There will be no pushy sales pitches or pressure to hire me - our free session is purely a chance to chat with me about what matters most to you, and see how you feel about working with me before deciding. It's also fully okay to let me know if you are trying out several therapists before choosing one.
I have a master's degree in clinical social work, and a law degree, as well as experience and training in treating a broad variety of mental health conditions and Trauma.
Although my law degree and law background does not directly relate to the healing process, it has regularly helped me to relate to clients that either are dealing with the stress of working as a lawyer or who are dealing with or healing from difficult legal circumstances.
When it comes to healing from loss or trauma, talk is cheap, and often not very helpful. I take a direct processing approach that often will involve a lot of mind-body work on the front end with more of the usual forms of therapy and counseling as you start to experience actual healing that you can feel day to day on a bodily level. I help people feel more at home and at ease in their own skin, and often as they start getting used to engaging in the healing process in their day-to-day life, many of the things that are taught in counseling start to happen spontaneously, such as being able to draw healthy boundaries, recognizing thinking errors, and experiencing useful insights and thinking of things in new ways.
My direct-pay, non-insurance rate is presently set at $80 per session for individual therapy or one hour of couples therapy. Two back-to-back sessions may occasionally needed for couples' work involving more complexity or intensity, and those cost $160 for up to two hours. If you plan to use insurance, we can discuss which carriers I work with.
My rate for specialized consultative services, including intervention planning, executive coaching, or facilitative meetings for families and/or businesses is $150 per hour. I may request an initial retainer for consultative services, and will ask for reimbursement of reasonable expenses for distant travel or other incidental costs.
I've worked with women and men. Veterans, business owners, medical and legal professionals, couples (polyamorous or mainstream), college and graduate students, sex workers, and average working stiffs who are trying to build a better life or perhaps raise a family while dealing with life's complexities. I have also often assisted people who are in recovery from addiction or managing chronic mental illness, many of whom have survived various forms of abuse including domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. I typically work with adults, though I also work with young people who are approaching adulthood.