Counseling that is compassionate, supportive and interactive.
As a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, it is my joy and honor to work with people to find greater peace and stability in their lives. My counseling style is compassionate, supportive and interactive. For many years, I worked exclusively with children, teens, and families. My current counseling practice specializes in working with adult individuals, couples, and groups. Many people who contact me are in pain and want relief from anxiety, depression or grief. Each of these life challenges is discussed at length on this website. Additional issues that I help clients with are marital separation, divorce, and parenting.
What should I expect when contacting a Counselor for the first time?
When you first contact my office by either phone or email, you can expect a reply within 24 hours. I realize that it can take tremendous courage to reach out to a stranger for help. Whatever you are going through in your life right now is important and I do appreciate you contacting me. Before we set an appointment, I will ask you to give me an idea in a few sentences of what is going on for you. I want to make sure that the issues you raise are ones that I have extensive training and experience in. I also want to make sure I can provide the type of therapy that you are looking for. The “therapeutic relationship” needs to be a good fit for what you need. You are encouraged to ask questions and let me know of any additional concerns you may have. Before the first contact ends, we will set an appointment. Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation email with the clinical forms to be filled out before our first meeting.
What is an Informed Consent Contract?
This contract outlines the therapeutic relationship. It defines what counseling is and how confidentiality works. It also covers the length of each session, the fee for each session, how to schedule appointments and what to do if you have to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Both of us sign the contract prior to the first meeting.
Is the counseling process confidential?
You have the right to privacy and confidentiality of everything you discuss, including the fact that you are in counseling. All communication between us will be held in strictest confidence unless you provide written permission to release information about your treatment. Some legal exceptions to confidentiality of your records include 1) unreported child abuse or neglect; 2) unreported abuse or neglect of elderly or dependent adults; and 3) when a client becomes a danger to self or others.