I always like to say, “I work with everyday people with everyday problems.” If you relate to this description, you may be someone who is trying to recover from a painful separation. You may fear your marriage is not as great as you expected it would be. You might have an out-of-control teenager at home who is driving you crazy. You might be a new parent who isn’t doing so great with your first baby. Or you might be worried because your young child/teenager is not fitting in at school—your child may stand out and everyone keeps telling you that they will grow out of it.
These are just a few common issues I work with.
You Are Not Your Illness
What makes me different is that even if you do fall into a definitive diagnostic category (or wonder if you do), I am a long-time, skilled clinician who is experienced with diagnosing and treating psychological disorders. However, I NEVER lose sight that you are a human being—a person who wants a better life, like we all do. I still see YOU first when I look across the room rather than your diagnostic code. You are my business, not your illness.
After 30 years of practicing psychotherapy, I am also ever so familiar and fascinated with working with those people who do have a diagnosis, such as the following:
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- Panic Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- And many other pathologies that cause people to suffer
With all psychobabble aside, let me tell you about my specialty. My specialty is YOU. In other words, I am more interested in you, the type of person you are, than I am in your diagnosis.
Hey, by the way, you might not even have a diagnosis! Many people who see me don’t have one. Some are just ordinary people who have encountered some choppy waters and need a trained ear and a private place to work it out.
Finding a Good Fit
Other therapists may have failed you in the past. One therapist may be great for some, but a disappointment for others. It’s all about finding a good fit. I approach all of my patients with the same respect I would want for myself or for my own children if I were sitting across the room in the other chair.