I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's degree from Duquesne University. My experience is with alcoholism, addiction, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and self-harm issues. If you need help with issues outside my experience, I have several colleagues I can refer you to. I work closely with other therapists so each client has access to a wide range of experience and specialties. I believe in matching the client to the therapist who will be the best fit for their needs and will refer to someone else if I don't believe I can help a client. There are also several medical doctors in the office so you can have your physical and mental care all in one place.
I believe a trusting relationship is essential to the counseling process. I believe honesty is the first step toward recovery. I believe my clients feel they can be completely honest with me because I am non-judgmental and open-minded. I am completely present for my clients. I really listen to what my clients say. I explore how my clients feel and help them find ways to cope with difficult emotions. I help my clients understand their behavior and find ways to change unhealthy or counterproductive behavior.
Sessions are 45 to 55 minute long. I offer individual, couples and family counseling. I use a Humanistic approach with techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I try to make the process of therapy fun with humor and metaphors.
I understand the process of addiction recovery. Addiction clients often struggle with ambivalence, both wanting to stop and yet not wanting to stop their addiction. As long as a client is completely honest, I can help them find the motivation to embrace recovery.
Areas of Expertise
I work mainly with adults and older adolescents with the following issues:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder