I've been practicing for over 15 years, in the Philadelphia region including Bucks County, and other areas of the country. I see my task as helping people work through and resolve issues that have kept them from moving forward, whether the difficulties are recent or lifelong; from mild trouble with relationships and life stress to more serious struggles with mood, anxiety, and trauma.
In the office
At times I am pretty active and sessions might feel like a conversation with an easy back and forth. At other times there may be meaningful silences that allow thoughts, feelings, memories, or associations to come to you. When it's called for, I also teach helpful tools or skills that can go a long way toward helping cope with emotions, attention difficulties, anxiety, or stabilizing mood fluctuations.
My goal is for everyone in my care to feel supported and gain insight. Above all, people who work with me in therapy experience a sense of privacy and confidentiality in our discussions, as well as warmth and dignity no matter what is said.
Acceptance and welcoming with regard to diversity of culture and ethnicity, religion, geography, economic situations, disability, sexual orientation, among others, have been valuable parts of my training and professional experience. To me this statement is more that an obligatory add-on, it is a brief expression of one area of my personal values and ethics. Included is a perspective that people from different backgrounds have more things in common than may be obvious on the surface, AND people from similar backgrounds are often very different from one another and must each be seen as unique individuals.