I am pleased to offer psychotherapy to individuals age 18 through older adults residing in Pennsylvania or any of the 30+ states in the PSYPACT Commission. My therapeutic approach involves working toward symptom reduction while also enhancing assertiveness, worthiness, and a deeper connection with the self and others. I treat a range of presenting concerns, specializing in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and trauma. I have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; see below) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. I offer a safe and affirming space for clients of diverse backgrounds, and I am a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
What to Expect
The first one or two sessions are focused on telling your story, clarifying your goals for therapy, and determining whether my services are the right fit for your needs. We will collaborate to determine a therapeutic approach that will align best with your needs while setting a pace that feels both comfortable and engaging. Moving forward, our sessions will begin focusing more fully on the specific areas you are wanting to address. I will routinely check in about how the therapy is progressing, adjusting my approach as needed. Sessions are typically 50-55 minutes and may be scheduled weekly or biweekly based on your needs and personal preference. Length of time in therapy varies, depending on your unique goals. With all clients, I shape my treatment to encourage individual empowerment and internalization of skills and insight. As symptoms subside and goals are reached, I will work with you to determine when to reduce frequency or wrap up therapy.
If you are unsure or nervous about starting therapy, check out my blog post that busts myths and stigmas around seeking help.
In addition to more traditional psychotherapy, I also integrate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my work. EMDR has been found to be effective in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and many other presenting concerns. Using a neuropsychological approach, EMDR can "unlock" old memories or stuck patterns that we carry through our lives, causing us ongoing struggles even though time has moved on. When we go through something emotionally painful, the way our brains store the memory of the event is different from how it stores the memory of what you ate for lunch yesterday, for example. The painful memory lives on in our bodies and brains, often affecting our ability to effectively engage in our relationships, handle stress, or give ourselves kindness and self-compassion. While traditional therapy often addresses these struggles from the outside-in (e.g., changing behaviors and thoughts to change feelings and beliefs), EMDR works from the inside-out (i.e., addressing feelings and beliefs to change behaviors and thoughts) through bringing the brain into the therapeutic work. EMDR has been widely supported in research for numerous presenting concerns, and I would happy to discuss more with you how we could use it in our work together.
For more information about EMDR and what to expect, check out my blog post as well as the EMDR International Association’s website.
I am in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances, Highmark, Capital Blue, and Medicare. I am happy to provide documentation for out of network reimbursement as well. My session fee is $165 for out of pocket payers, and I offer sliding scale for those with financial need. Payment is due at time of service. I prefer cash or check, though I also accept credit cards and HSA payment.