Teenagers who are struggling with any of the following -- depression, anxiety, behavior problems, substance use, family conflicts, anger, relationship problems, negative peer influences, social skills problems, academic problems, sibling conflicts, lack of motivation, difficulty focusing, eating disorders -- benefit greatly from talk psychotherapy.
The young person in treatment must feel comfortable, safe and understood, in an environment in which honest thoughts and feelings can be expressed, often for the first time. The therapeutic relationship that develops in this environment enables improved expression of feelings and behavior, leading to growth and improvement in interpersonal relationships at home, in school and elsewhere.
Parents often desire concomitant therapy of their own to help them understand what their young person needs from them to foster emotional development. Parents can be helped to avoid ineffective parenting responses by learning ways to strengthen a positive and loving relationship with their child. Parents can also explore strategies for managing children with special needs, such as ADHD, divorce adjustment, and addictions.
People create the same impasses and blocks within group therapy as they do in their daily lives. They block themselves in their relationship with other group members just as they block themselves with associates, friends, lovers, and relatives. Many people have ingrained mannerisms by which they handicap themselves, and group therapy is the arena in which we both evoke these mannerisms and help the patient recognize and overcome them. The group context serves as a microcosm of reality and is the ideal place to solve interpersonal problems. The successful group member finishes not simply with a superior capacity to relate to others, but also with more inner comfort and with a better ability to realize his or her own potential. In short, effective group treatment should enable people to make inner adjustments, and to use themselves effectively -- so that they are better able to love and to work.
If you have medical insurance that allows for out-of-network providers and reimburses mental health sessions, then you can request a bill for you to submit directly to your insurer. I do not bill insurance companies directly or take responsibility for collecting from your insurance carrier. Reimbursement is between the insured and the insurer. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check and is due at each session in order to minimize the extra overhead of billing.
Initial consultation is $450.00.
Ongoing fees are discussed at the time of consultation.
Weekly sessions are 45 minutes in length.
30 minute sessions are also available at a prorated fee.
Supervision for Therapists
Supervision is offered for therapists seeking LCSW licensing, "R" privilege for insurance reimbursement status, group certification with AGPA, and for therapists interested in managing individual, group, couples and family cases.
Supervision helps a therapist to understand what a patient is saying and what the patient avoids saying. Together we work to understand symptomatology, psychopathology, patient diagnosis, patient's psychological state of development, the transference message, and what the patient's resistances are towards saying everything and toward growing and developing emotionally. Therapists are helped to understand their own feelings and thoughts with respect to their reactions (both objective and subjective) to the patient.
- Offers the therapist insight into him or herself and the patient.
- Helps the therapist develop his or her own style combining informed intuition and theoretical and experiential clinical knowledge.
- Helps the therapist work with satisfaction, maintaining growth and balance in their own personal life while developing and achieving professional goals.
- Helps the therapist maintain the code of ethics specific to their professional licensing requirements, and calls attention to any possible violation.