What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
On our first contact, we have a chance to get to know a little bit about each other. I typically ask about what brings you to therapy and answer any questions you may have about my services and the overall process of therapy. If you choose to schedule an initial appointment, I will send you some forms as well as a welcome letter that contains information about our first therapeutic meeting. I prefer to send forms ahead of time so that we don't need to take up time to sign during your initial session (as we will have a lot to get covered). We can discuss any questions you may have about the forms and move on to what brings you to see me. I will actively listen to your story and what brings you to therapy. It is extremely important that you feel respected in therapy. It can be a bit of a confusing process, and I work hard to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. I will make sure that all your questions are answered.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I earned a masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University in Philadelphia; and I am currently fully licensed in the state of Colorado. I also earned a masters degree in Clinical Human Sexuality. Prior to that, I obtained my bachelors in Psychology from Montclair State University in NJ. I am professionally trained in Narrative Therapy. I have trained nationally and internationally with some of the most influential professionals in the field. In addition, I have trained in other therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, among others. Continuing education is an essential part of my professional ethics, and it also allows me to provide the best quality services to those who consult with me about their stories.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My rates vary depending on the time spent in session, the type of session, and sliding scale: Regular 60-minute individual sessions are typically $80.00. 60-minute Couples therapy: $100.00. 60-minute Family therapy: $100.00. 90-minute Couples and Family therapy sessions: $120.00. I offer a sliding scale starting at $55.00
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been fascinated by and curious about human behavior and overall human experience. Since I was very young, I wanted to understand how people formed relationships. Perhaps because I experienced some difficulties in my childhood, and attended therapy myself. The more I learned to explore my human experience, the more I felt able to cope with healthy ways--and I saw results. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to help others in their journeys. I always believed and still do that everyone deserves the chance to live a life that's preferred, and which supports their values and dreams.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with folks presenting with a variety of challenges. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in couples/relational therapy, sexual/porn addiction, sexual deviance, general human sexuality issues, LGBTQ issues, Anxiety, Depression, trauma. I have extensive experience working with adolescence, couples, and families. In addition, I work with men and women who struggle with "unwanted" or "socially unacceptable" sexual desires.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My training in Narrative therapy has been very challenging but also exciting and rewarding. I have invested a lot of time and money to make sure I am prepared to provide effective treatment services to my clients.I travel nationally and internationally for my continuing training. I have gotten to meet and connect with other therapists from all over the world and I maintain these relationships and continue to learn from what many of these professionals do in their work. I view my training as an on-going and endless journey. One that brings me joy and enhances my clinical skills.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone who is passionate about what they do. Look for someone who doesn't think he/she knows everything about your journey. A therapist should know have all the answers for you; however, he or she should be able to work collaboratively with you. A good therapist will always want to be learning more. This is a field with constant change; therefore, therapists must keep up with continuing education.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think you want to know more details about their training. For example, the last time they attended a training or continuing education. You may also inquire about their therapeutic approach and why it is they are motivated by it. In reality, if a therapist is passionate and well-trained in what they do, they will be able to help--on the other hand, not all therapists will be a good fit. I would ask questions that would help you identify if you click. You can start with something simple such as "what do like to do for fun?" Remember that the relationship you are trying to develop is a therapeutic, but also professional one; so I would pay close attention to the therapist's ability to balance engaging in answering your questions and maintaining a professional exchange, while keeping you at the center of the interactions. Remember, this is about you and only you.