My Approach to Helping
Finding out that your partner or your child has a severe medical or psychological condition is not something one can ever prepare for. Panic, disbelief, confusion and even anger and quiet resentment take over your ability to think, plan and most of all communicate, reach out for help and go on with life as usual..
Because of all this, your relationship with your loved ones feel like it could slip away, just as fast as the despair of finding out the bad news set in. In the same way, as you find out that you are ill, you feel scared, need to reach out and find support in your loved one, but also you find that you can’t; you don’t want to “burden” them, and “talking about it” would almost make something you don’t want to think about, something too scary and painful, “too real.” And yet it is real. The medical condition, the diagnosis is here, and you do need each other. You need your family members now even more than you ever did. And you can make it through together.
In my experience in working with couples, I have found that these kind of severe crises provide an opportunity for deeper closeness and growth. These are stressful times in the life of a relationship that with the appropriate understanding, communication and knowledge can support the growth of a stronger relationship bond, where trust in each other is nourished and cherished. This leads to more freedom in both partners, at times when life seemed to have handed a harsh reality. Couples’ therapy or family therapy during these crises is most helpful. I support your innate need to feel connected to your loved ones, when you feel the most vulnerable.
More Info About My Practice
I am a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience and post graduate training in the areas of child, couple and family therapy. I am available to set up a free initial 20 minutes phone consultation, so we can get acquainted with each other; you can ask me questions you have, and we can decide together if we are a good fit to proceed to an in person session.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Therapy works when the therapist and the clients are a “good fit.” We are not meant to”open up” and talk about ourselves about our most intimate thoughts to a stranger. So it is only natural for you to feel some uneasiness about starting the process of therapy. And it is most important that whomever you choose to work with you feel safe with them, and if you don’t, that you feel free to talk about it, without fear of retaliation or negative consequences. In therapy, individual and couples’ therapy, negative feelings as well as positive feelings and thoughts will come up, and it is your therapist’s (my) job to help you with all of that. Therapy is not a journey you travel by yourself. It is an honor to join your journey, as you allow another person to be there with you to help you through the difficulties you are encountering.
Client Focus (Age)
Billing and Insurance:
I don’t currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for “out of network” benefit coverage
Sliding Scale Available Clinicians who offer sliding scale payment structures may offer lower or reduced fees based on an individual’s ability to pay. Please contact this clinician for more details regarding their fees or sliding scale policy.
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