For People with Other Problems

What is Psychotherapy?

According to Dr. Nick Cummings, former president of the American Psychological Association, “…psychotherapy is a behavioral health procedure that is therapeutic.” Its “talk therapy” that takes place between a psychotherapist and a client or group, usually done face-to-face. It includes a collection of researched-based techniques and methods that help people to better deal with their personal challenges. My goal as a psychotherapist is to work with you to figure out and change what is causing your difficulties. I’ll also help you to rediscover your own strengths. When you do this, you have a good chance of returning back to a state of comfort, well-being and good health.

Therapy also has potential emotional risks. Approaching certain feelings or thoughts, or making changes in your beliefs or behaviors can be scary, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships you already have. You may find your relationship with me to be a source of strong feelings, some of them extremely hopeful and empowering (i.e., feeling like you have control over a situation), and others a little painful (i.e., realizing that you have to end a relationship). It is important that you consider carefully whether these experiences are worth the benefits you’ll receive from therapy. Most people who take these risks discover that psychotherapy makes a positive difference in their lives.

Psychotherapy Agreement

  • My Obligation. As a psychotherapist, I promise to effectively and efficiently help you find the comfort you are not experiencing right now. That means that you deserve to get some relief from pain, anxiety, depression and other difficulties as soon as possible with the most helpful therapeutic procedures. I will do this without pressuring you to make any changes before you feel ready. As long as you need me, I will work with you. With your permission, I will work with others in your life to help you return to comfort.

  • Your Obligation. As a client, you must agree to actively engage in the psychotherapy process and try on a skill or assignment from time to time. Also, you must agree that we will work together in partnership in order to empower you to resolve your problem and move on from psychotherapy. In other words, you will do what you can to eventually make my services unnecessary.

Who I Usually Work With

  • Individual Adults and Adolescents

  • Parents, Couples, and Groups

Problems and Issues I Often Treat

  • Chronic Pain and Illness

  • Stress, Anxiety, Fear, and Phobia

  • Life Transitions and Career/Life Planning

  • Spiritual and Religious Challenges

  • Conflict with Family, Friends, Co-Worker, or Supervisors

  • Parenting, Step-Parenting, and Blended Family Issues

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Addictions

  • Separation and Divorce

  • Bereavement and Loss

  • Cross Cultural and LGBT Issues

Psychotherapy Procedures

  • Comfort Therapy

  • Couples/Family Therapy

  • Parenting Skills

  • Clinical Hypnosis (Ericksonian)

  • Mindfulness and Other Forms of Meditation

  • Brief/Strategic Therapy

  • Collaborative/Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (trauma and anxiety)

  • Positive Psychology

  • Spiritual Counseling

Make an Appointment – You can set up an appointment by clicking here, or call/text me at 808-633-6569.