Whatever you’re going through, there are a lot of ways that we may be able to help. While the majority of our work is with individuals in outpatient individual psychotherapy, we also work with couples and families. We specialize in addiction issues and are trained in mental health treatment for individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, relationship conflicts, etc. We can also help with appropriate referrals to psychiatry, nutritionists, psychological testing, abstinence-based recovery, and controlled drinking or recreational using based approaches along with other services, counseling, and therapies.

Our services include:

Starting with a consultation/evaluation, or even just a phone call, we can quickly determine what options you might have and the best way to pursue them. Sometimes, we can refer you right away to a more appropriate resource or colleagues, and oftentimes, a few questions can enable you and us to know if it makes sense to meet with one of us. It’s always OK to meet with us once or twice and to meet with other therapists to get a feel for who is the best match for you. If we don’t feel we can help you, we will point you in the direction of therapists or services that can. Our job is to support and challenge you, while your job is to work, train, practice, and play (and have fun playing too).

We believe in a “stepped level of care” approach for services. What this means is that you “sign up” for preferably more treatment in the beginning and see how that goes. Treatment should be 1) the least drastic, 2) the least intrusive in your life, and 3) the least expensive. In other words, we don’t need to whisk you away to rehab, detox, or a recovery house. That is usually too drastic, intrusive, and expensive. We want to see if clients can make changes while living their normal lives because if they can, they’re more likely to make real, meaningful, and lasting changes. In fact, most people relapse after inpatient treatment and often it’s because when they come back home, they have less structure and support. If you can build your support at home or in your current environment, you may be better off than if you go to rehab in the first place.

This stepped level of care approach is helpful when thinking about the trajectory of treatment. If someone starts out with individual treatment and only wants to come twice a month but it doesn’t seem to be working, then they should come in weekly. If they’re still feeling depressed, missing work or school, and struggling to control their drinking, then they need to step it up and maybe come in weekly or maybe add a medication consult or a group meeting once per week. If they’re still struggling, maybe it’s time to start going to AA or to consider an intensive outpatient treatment program or inpatient treatment. Don’t just fire your therapist if your treatment isn’t going as expected, instead, ratchet it up a few notches, raise the ante, double down, and work a little harder in treatment and on yourself. The goal of therapy is to eventually not need a therapist anymore and to be able to know yourself well enough to make better decisions in your life so that you are better able to get what you want and what you need in your life.

In trying to determine which services, you may find it’s helpful to ask us for exactly what you’re looking for if you know what that is. Of course, many clients don’t know exactly what they want or need so meeting with us for a consultation or evaluation allows us to clarify that, together. There are no stupid questions to ask and please feel free to ask ANYTHING that you would like