I provide a number of individualized and family psychological services and I specialize in several areas. A large part of my practice is dedicated to working with school age children and adolescents- and this also includes providing psychological assessments and testing for ADHD, intelligence, and developmental concerns. I also specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, existential crisis, and childhood trauma in my work with adults.
I believe we live in a world that is more complicated than ever before, and that sometimes, being a human isn’t always easy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 25 percent of adults in the United States experience some form of depression, anxiety, or another mental ailment in any given year. There are other challenges that modern life can unexpectedly throw our way, such as dealing with adverse situations in the workplace, losing a job, or relationship troubles at home. Drug and alcohol abuse may also become problematic for some.
And these challenges are not limited to adults. According to the latest published research, around 12 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 have experienced an episode of major depression at least once in the past year. Additional difficulties with school, social media use, bullying, pressures to conform, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol use may also be present. Most psychological ailments begin in the late-teens and early 20s. If these issues are addressed early enough, or if children and teens are provided with the therapeutic tools they need to help deal with these challenges, this will have a major positive impact on their future adult life.
For people of all ages, a licensed clinical psychologist can help to work through life issues such as these and help you to reach your goals and improve your overall well-being.
People sometimes ask me, “Couldn’t I just talk to my friends and family about some of these problems and get better?” While this certainly may help, a psychologist offers more than just someone to talk to and a place to express your feelings. A psychologist has many years of specialized doctoral-level training and clinical experience to help people feel their best and to help make the desired changes in their lives. A psychologist is also uniquely qualified to provide an accurate assessment of intelligence, personality, and developmental markers using the latest psychological testing instruments.
Psychologists incorporate scientifically validated methods and techniques in treatment using psychotherapy or what is also referred to as conversational talk therapy. There is significant evidence and hundreds of studies demonstrating that psychotherapy is effective and helps people to improve their lives. Around 75 percent of people who are treated with psychotherapy show some beneficial change. And by the end of treatment, 4 out of 5 people receiving psychotherapy demonstrate a greater and lasting improvement in comparison to those that did not receive any treatment at all.
However, psychotherapy is fundamentally a human relationship. A kind, nonjudgmental, and supportive relationship. I have designed my office as a place where you can talk openly and honestly in a personal and confidential setting. We will work together to understand and make changes to the thoughts and behaviors that may be holding you back from feeling your best. This is therapy designed specifically for your needs. An active collaboration between the two of us.