Taking a step toward healing and change can sometimes feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar. You are not alone in this. Many people feel anxious anticipating their first therapy session and wonder what to expect. Although the experience of psychotherapy can be different for everyone, here are some basic ideas about what you can expect from me during this process:

  • In the first few sessions, we will work together to identify the struggles you would like to work on. This will include gathering information about your current life issues and past experiences. My goal is always to meet you with a non-judgmental ear and an open heart as we get to know each other.
  • My approach to therapy is collaborative. In other words, I consider you the co-therapist in the room – someone who brings with them the ability to contribute to their own growth, healing, and transformation.
  • My experience has taught me that healing takes more than just cognitive recognition about a problem. Lasting change through therapy requires delving into our wounds and uncovering how they have shaped our beliefs about ourselves today. I will work with you to not only understand your struggles, but also to help you experience the many levels of feelings associated with them.

Types of Therapy Offered

Individual therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes in length and are usually scheduled on a weekly basis. The focus during these sessions is on identifying where you are having difficulties in life and how old patterns and beliefs are contributing to them. We will work together on promoting self-awareness, removing barriers to individual potential, and acquiring the tools necessary to deal confidently with future emotional challenges.

Couple therapy sessions are usually 60 minutes long and are typically held on a weekly basis. During sessions, I help couples explore the difficult feelings and dynamics that are taking place between them. This includes looking at the history and patterns of behavior that each partner brings to the relationship, as well as how these have blended together to create the couple’s current state of being. My work is not to give advice to couples, but to offer them a safe place to become clear on what is happening between them and the steps they may need to take to make changes.

Group therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and are 75 minutes in length. Groups are made up of anywhere from four to eight people and are useful for people wanting to develop their interpersonal skills, as well as individuals struggling with depression and anxiety. During the sessions, group members learn to share and interact with one another in a way that promotes healing and encourages the personal development of each participant.

I am a Social Work Board Certified Supervisor in the state of Maryland and offer supervision for LGSW’s who are working toward clinical licensure. I also offer general clinical supervision for therapists of any discipline who are interested in exploring greater self-awareness and understanding around their own experience as therapist.