Focus Of Therapy

Depression & Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.

Trauma & PTSD

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I am here to help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.

Relationships

Relationships can be difficult to maintain when we are not able to find self-acceptance. Having a negative mindset can impact the bond we attempt to develop with people when we tell ourselves that “I am not worthy.” This may unfold into how we connect to people in our personal and professional lives.

Therapy & Counseling Services In Phoenix

Psychotherapy and Counseling

Individual therapy is a joint process between a therapist and a person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone. No two people or problem are exactly alike. Everyone has a unique way of perceiving their situations. This is why I will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan geared towards identifying what will help YOU.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions. 

Trauma Focused Therapy

Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy explores the the connection between the trauma experience and a person’s emotional and behavioral responses. The purpose is to understand the source of the trauma and gain skills in coping with emotions and memories tied to the experience and  create a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in his/her life.

Two common approaches used:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you process and evaluate your thoughts and feelings about a trauma.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with the client’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events.  However, EMDR has also been found effectively for other mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder as well as the feeling states associated with addiction and compulsive thoughts and behaviors.

Therapy In Person

Traditional in person therapy sessions offer a physical space to explore those difficult thoughts and behaviors that may not be commonly discussed in general conversation with others. This setting can feel like a respite from the stresses of work and relationships. It offers an opportunity to talk about sensitive issues without the distractions that may come up in other settings such as work, family, phone, etc.

Therapy via Video Conferencing

A strong doctor-patient relationship is the foundation for high-quality patient care and reducing health care costs. Telebehavioral health through video conferencing should support, not replace, traditional care delivery. With video conferencing I can provide the flexibility and convenience of seeing patients remotely.

Who are my clients?

I work with adults and adolescents (age 13 years and older).
I typically work with children in a family setting only. I have found that children display better outcomes when we work within the family system in order to gain the support needed to address and make lasting changes.

MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDER
I offer a reduced rate for military (active duty, retired, veterans) and first responders and their spouses. Please contact me for more information and availability.

Questions About Psychotherapy

Why should I go to counseling?

There are a variety of reason a person may seek counseling. It can range from needing help with managing major life stressors; to finding ways to stop destructive behaviors; to needing a place to sort through some challenging thoughts. If you are struggling with trying to find solutions in your life I can help you explore key changes for a brighter future.

I have never been in therapy. What should I expect?

Every person’s needs are different. Therefore, I try to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Rather it’s through the traditional talk therapy, use of EMDR to alleviate distress from past trauma, assigning therapeutic homework that you can practice between sessions. This is a place where you can open up and discuss issues that you could not with others.

How long will I have to keep going to therapy?

There is no definite amount of time that I can tell you. Many patients start to experience significant symptom relief after 6 to 8 sessions. But because every treatment is individualized the length of your work will be dependent on your specific issues and how much work you are willing to put into making any necessary changes.

Can you guarantee that this will work?

There are no guarantees when it comes to how you will respond to treatment. What I can tell you is that I will help guide you to ways you can get the most of your sessions in order to create positive changes that will not just help get you through today.

I prefer to look at the bigger picture. Therefore the type of work I do is to focus on the underlying issues that contribute to your current and past struggles. We look at the source and identify ways to resolve conflicting thoughts and behaviors and gain skills that you can use in all aspects of your life for more long-term changes.

Do you take insurance?

I am not a participating provider in any insurance program. I can provide a Super Bill at the time of service to submit directly to your insurance company for full or partial reimbursement. Ask your provider if they cover “out of network” services. Keep in mind that reimbursement may not be guaranteed by your health insurance.

Because I do not take insurance therapy can become costly for many people, causing interruptions in treatment. Therefore, my services may not be suitable for those who have no money coming in and are absolutely, financially desperate, at least not right away. If you fall within this category, it’s absolutely OK. We’ve all been in times of financial crisis at one point or another. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started.

How do I prepare for my first session?

Intake paperwork is located on the patient portal site and must be completed 24/hr prior to the initial session. If paperwork is not completed, the session may be rescheduled for another date and time.

All sessions are in 50 min increments and available either in office or via video conferencing.

There is no right or wrong way to participate in treatment. For many, this will be the first time you delve into sensitive issues.

Your sessions are confidential and I honor your choice to be vulnerable. I encourage you to allow yourself to explore difficult thoughts and emotions.