"The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness" - Maya Angelou
This is one of my favorite quotations and describes my overall philosophy and approach to therapy. I believe you owe it yourself to provide the possibility to change a thought, behavior or choose an alternate way of responding to a situation. My goal is to help individuals, couples and families I work with develop the tools necessary to make changes that promote your well-being and increase your positive functioning.
I have received post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and studied with, or have been influenced by some of the greats in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy: Virginia Satir's Change Process Model, Jay Haley's concept of Brief and Family therapy and Problem-Solving Therapy, Drs. Karen Horney's work in Feminist Psychology, Erich Fromm's "Art" of Loving, Harry Stack-Sullivan's Relationship Networks, Jean Baker-Miller's Relational-Cultural Theory, Aaron Beck, considered to be the "father" of Cognitive Therapy and Art Freeman, an expert in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy .
My Master's of Social Work and Undergraduate degrees are from Temple University (Clinical Track), and I'm licensed (LSW) in the Commonwealth of PA. As a long-standing member of the National Association of Social Workers (National & Local Chapters), I'm also a member of their Private Practice panel.
Clinical specialties include: Anxiety, Depression, Couples counseling, Relationships (family, friends, Employment), and I have given many presentations on the subject of "Happiness: How to Achieve it; How to Keep it"; E [for Excellent] ffective Communication" and I have lectured at several universities to undergraduate and graduate students on a number of advanced-level subjects.
My clients are ADULT men and women (age 21+), couples (straight & gay), who have been struggling with issues that repeatedly surface, or, don't seem to improve. My approach is warm and interactive.
We will get to the root of the problem quickly and quickly also means with the least amount of out-of-pocket expense. I have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy...it's brief and depth-oriented at the same time. You will be provided support and be given helpful techniques in a comfortable and collaborative manner.
The first step when calling a therapist is a BIG and important step. It is my goal to make it a safe, comfortable and rewarding journey and experience for you.
Years in Practice: 25 years
Masters in Social Work Temple University
License No. and State: SW012261L Pennsylvania
Additional Certification: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Average Cost (per session): $85. - $100.
A sliding scale is provided for those with challenging financial situations.
My mission is: to offer psychotherapy/counseling to those with challenging financial limitations, high deductibles, co-pays, no Mental Health insurance, or, the desire to keep your MH therapy PRIVATE.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a talk-based psychotherapy designed to get people to examine the behaviors, beliefs and thought processes that may be holding them back or contributing to their feelings of anxiety and/or depression. CBT works well with a wide range of people.
Solution-focused Brief Therapy is SPECIFIC and DIRECT. You will DE-STRESS from distress more quickly than most conventional therapies.