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Often the struggles of life can become overwhelming. Sometimes you may wonder if things can ever get better — you can heal from past hurts, get through tough situations, and adjust to new realities. There is hope for you and your family — life can be all that you wish for.
- Zev John Berkowitz
A trusting, collaborative relationship between a client and his or her therapist lies at the core of effective treatment. I work from the assumption that you, the client, are the expert on your life. With that as our starting point, it is my job as the therapist to help you first identify, and then create the kinds of lasting, positive change you desire in your life and relationships. Our initial session will have three primary purposes. First, I'll try to help you feel comfortable with talking to me. Many people initially find it hard to share personal information with a stranger, so part of our process is to work together to build a rapport.ﾠ
Second, we'll talk at length about the sorts of problems that you're experiencing. We assess not just the problems, but also the strengths that help you cope in times of difficulty. Third, I will consult with you about the various strategies we might use to address the problems you are experiencing.
As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), I have been a therapist for over thirteen years. I am passionate about my work, and am interested in hearing your story, helping you find new and effective ways to manage your life, and partnering with you to work toward happier tomorrows.
My style is warm, respectful and interactive. I will work with you to understand your strengths and challenges, and help you figure out new ways of understanding and interacting. If it seems useful, we can look together at your past, helping you gain insight into yourself, your behavior, and your relationships. We can work individually to promote your personal growth and happiness, or as a family unit with your loved ones present. Understanding family dynamics, learning healthier styles of communication and breaking old patterns are key to your healing.
I provide services to clients with a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and treatment issues. I often draw upon empirically based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Psychotherapy (GP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). For couples work I'm trained in Imago Therapy and Gottman therapy. While brief solution focused therapy (8 to 20 sessions) is often sufficient to help clients resolve specific issues, I also offer long-term therapy for clients seeking insight and clarity regarding identity and interpersonal relationships.