Individual psychotherapy provides a safe place for an individual to explore interpersonal issues and conflicts privately with the therapist. Here individuals can explore relationship patterns, dysfunctional family patterns, histories of abuse and trauma, problems related to mental illness of self or loved one, coping skills, recovery from substance abuse and/or sex and love addictions, grief and loss, sexuality and issues related to sexual orientation. Although there is no guarantee, psychotherapy often leads to a significant reduction of feelings of distress, improved relationships, the lifting of depression, an increased understanding of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and resolutions to specific problems you brought to therapy.
The therapeutic relationship is unique in the world of relationships. Although I as therapist may come to know a considerable amount about you, the reverse is usually not true. I disclose my own experiences when I feel such communicaiton will be helpful (and check with you to see if such self-disclosures have been helpful). This one-way street allows us to focus on your directions and your work, and allows us to learn things about you that we might not in an ordinary social situation.
Intern MFT/MSW Individual Therapy
I am committed to giving back to the mental health profession by offering low-fee slots for trainees or interns. In becoming a healthy therapist for your clients, you are highly encouraged to do your own therapy for 2 years, while you are in grad school or once you are an intern doing your internship. If you are still in a grad school, you will need a letter from your school confirming your student status, with the expected graduation date.