Welcome

Therapy is a place where one can learn to explore, express, and verbalize feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential setting, while working to effect positive change in the present, and hope for lasting change in the future.

 

I am a clinical social worker with 10 years of professional experience. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your family member to find solutions to life’s barriers and challenges.

 

Curious to know if therapy can be helpful? Feel free to contact me.

Whom Do I Work With?

 

I am most comfortable working with children as young as 8 years old to the young at heart.

 

Does any of this sound like your child?

  • angry, explosive, oppositional, or defiant
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • experienced a life-changing event
  • academic difficulties, has an IEP
  • “experimenting”
  • sad, emotional, or withdrawn
  • changes in interests or peers
  • consumes too much media
  • shy, difficulties making friends
  • surrounded by “drama”
  • prefer talking to peers than with parents
  • anxious, new fears, nervous
  • going through a transition
  • has a chronic medical condition

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, I would be honored to work with you and/or your child.

 

 I am certainly not limited by the topics above, therefore contact me with any specific concerns.

 

Stop Trying to get A’s for Parenting.

There was a time in your schooling that, your aim was to get an A on the quiz, test, class, semester, etc. For some of us, we realized that we could be happy with B’s, or realized that C’s were good enough. There are idealized versions of parenting in the media, that we often wish (or our kids wish) we could emulate, whether it’s trying to live up to the Clair Huxtable, Marge Simpson, Lorelai Gilmore, Carol Brady, or simply trying to be a better parent than your own. The pressures of parenting, and the need to strive for an A in it has never been greater.

 

There is no shortage of parenting books that offer many tips, ideas, and guidelines to improve your relationship with your child, help them excel at school, promote a more peaceful dinner experience, or to be an A+ parent. These books and its content are awesome, but here’s what I believe to be the most fundamental things parents and families should strive for, and all you have to do is shoot for C’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Things Your Psychiatrist Needs to Know

Have you ever tried to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist as a new patient for yourself or a loved one? Obtaining an appointment within 4 weeks can almost be like winning the lottery. In many towns, cities, and states, there is a shortage of psychiatrists. If you’re in need of a child psychiatrist, the hunt for an appointment may be even grimmer (the cause, reason, and solution is for another day).

 

During your first time meeting with the psychiatrist, chances are your doctor will have scheduled to see you for about 40-60 minutes, which during this time she/he will ask various questions related to mental health, medical and family history, as well as current concerns related to the appointment. The psychiatrist will ask very precise questions, listen intently, and make many notes. You will leave the office feeling that you’ve found a warm understanding doctor who will see you through this crisis- that is until the subsequent visit(s).

 

Little will you realize on your next visit (if lucky it will be within 4 weeks, but probably will be greater than a month) your doctor may be running a few minutes late, will be very matter of fact regarding your medication and how it’s working out, and if all is well you may be surprised your psychiatrist will be whisking you out the door within 15 minutes or less (anything more would be due to a crisis, or pure luxury). The reality is the disproportionate need for psychiatric medication appointments vs. # of psychiatrists in town has many psychiatrists seeing 4-5 patients an hour. Every hour. Every day.

 

Information That Will Help Your Psychiatrist Determine How to Be of Optimal Help

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What I’m Listening to

I know this is so 2009, but I have recently started listening to podcasts during my commutes back and forth. Listening to things without any visual cues, without a beat or bass line, and for the most part without distractions, is almost traveling back in time, simpler times. I will admit that my conversions to podcasts started withserial, but here’s what I’ve been listening to that is relevant to my work as a therapist, relationships, life, parenting, etc.

 

dear sugar radio

 

Dear Sugar was an advice column from The Rumpus, which was very popular and had a cult like following. Read the rest of this entry »