People begin individual therapy for countless reasons. Maybe you are experiencing the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a life transition, or a crisis in a relationship or in your personal life. Perhaps you are dealing with anxiety, depression or a period of heavy stress.
Individual psychotherapy is a wonderful way to approach these issues that so many people face. Finding the right therapist is your first step; you need a safe space that promotes trust so you can open yourself to new perspectives, insights and personal growth.
In your initial session, I will explore your reasons for seeking therapy. I will ask questions to learn more about you, your experiences and the changes you would like to work towards. After the first meeting, a collaborative determination will be made as to whether it is a good patient-therapist fit. If so, your next visit will be scheduled. Ongoing sessions usually are scheduled once a week for 50 minutes, but, when needed, more frequent sessions can be arranged.
Couples begin therapy for various reasons. Perhaps partners feel they are not communicating effectively, or anger and resentment has surfaced. Maybe they don’t feel emotionally connected or physical intimacy has waned.
As a therapist for couples, I provide a comfortable place for partners to explore these issues while learning to listen and empathize with one another. I help couples open lines of communication to foster an atmosphere where empathy becomes the natural response, and to work through feelings of resentment in the relationship.
Techniques practiced in sessions will introduce tools you can use in everyday interactions with your partner. They will help you understand and honor your own as well as your partner’s needs in the relationship. Generally, couples meet with me for 60 minutes on a weekly basis.
I conduct video sessions using VSee (a Skype-like service) because it is HIPPA compliant. Once we have agreed that video counseling is a good option for you, please visit www.vsee.com and fill out the registration form, which allows you to download the VSee app for free. I will send you an invitation and we can begin our video counseling sessions. That’s all there is to it!
Benefits of video-based counseling
- convenience and privacy
- continuity of sessions during business travel
- financial savings (child care fees and transportation costs)
- more scheduling options; less travel time to consider
Just as in person-to-person office visits, please check with your insurance company regarding your benefits.
Please be aware that there are limits to confidentiality should you choose to communicate via video conferencing.
Committed to mentoring psychotherapy professionals, I provide supervision to counselors who are working towards licensure in Washington, DC. Contact me about meeting to determine if I am a good match for you.
I facilitate grief support groups, as well as groups discussing topics such as caregiving, women in transition, shifting into retirement, stress management and receiving the diagnosis of an illness, among others. Please call 202-249-8976 to find out what groups are being offered at this time.
Although children may be encouraged to seek grief counseling after the death of a loved one or community member, they may not feel ready. I work with parents who want to learn how they can provide support to children experiencing such a loss.
At a time when a parent may also be dealing with his or her own grief, it can be very difficult for that adult to focus on the child’s grief. I provide support and consultation to parents who need help focusing on the needs of their child during such difficult times and making decisions that are in the child’s best interest.
As an out of network provider, clients make full payment to me at the time of service. You will be provided with a billing statement that includes all the information needed to your insurance company for your reimubrsement submission. Please contact your insurance company prior to your first appointment to determine your outpatient mental health benefits.