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Individual Therapy

Often, people are worried when they come to see me for the first time that they will learn things about themselves that they aren’t ready for. Or that I will have seen and known something about them that they don’t see or know about themselves. Let me reassure you: the “psy” in psychologist is not short for psychic. I guide the process, but you generate the content. We go at your pace, not mine. I will ask you some questions that may provoke further thought, but the insights you gain will be yours, not mine. The connection you deepen with yourself will be the ultimate payoff, even if it can be painful along the way.

The first couple of times we meet, I will be listening for all kinds of information that will help me guide the process and make an initial assessment. After that, we’ll decide together where we want to go, and what we are going to work toward. After the first couple of sessions, you will be more in control of the content of our discussion. I will offer you alternate ways to think about the problems you are currently facing so as to stimulate new and more adaptive responses that might help you see beyond what you are struggling with.

Paying close attention

One of the first things I encourage people to do is to begin observing themselves more closely. Start looking for the patterns that repeat in your life. Start noticing your automatic thoughts and feelings that take over your brain, involuntarily. What are you actually saying to yourself? What does that actually mean?  Often times we run so fast that we don’t see or hear the subtleties on the interior that have so much more control over our day than we would like.

The good news and bad news is sometimes the same

People often worry that if they slow down enough to hear themselves think, they will come apart at the seams once they hear the thoughts. While therapy often involves coming face-to-face with things we knew (or at least had a vague idea about, but didn’t want to look at head-on)—a process that can be painful—it also better equips us with knowledge to move forward less painfully. I often help people focus in on what is. You can deal with what is. And in the end, we usually have little choice but to deal with what is.  If you move your energy from resisting what is to accepting what is, even the painful parts are easier to deal with. 

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In order to get started, you can either book a session through my online scheduler below, or call or e-mail my office, and my assistant will get the process started.