I enjoy working with adults who suffer from low self esteem, anxiety, codependency, depression, and problem behaviors such as eating problems, self injury, isolation. I believe that every person vacillates between getting stuck in their limitations (egos, neediness, dependencies, self-criticism, self-absorption), and expressing their true selves (compassionate, living authentically). With awareness of our limiting beliefs often rooted in our upbringings, and with insight into our strengths, we can shed old emotional and thought patterns that no longer serve us and live a meaningful and satisfying life.
Often there is hesitation and fear when we take those first steps toward seeking help. Many people envision a therapist as a disconnected observer; however, my clinical approach is very relational and collaborative, meaning you and I both work together toward your healing. Once we've established a foundation of trust, my style tends toward creative and playful, as I feel the role of laughter is often undervalued in the therapeutic process. Our struggles are not silly, but we human beings often are. People typically enter treatment expecting tears, and they often come, but joy is equally powerful and cathartic.
*Unfortunately I am unable to accept any new clients at this time.* I work primarily with adults experiencing emotional challenges. This often looks like depression, anxiety, or grief. I also work with individuals going through a transition in life, relationships, career, or health status. During a difficult season in life we are more open to learning new skills and perspectives.
Psychotherapy is a unique journey; a journey that I am committed to taking with you. My interests include working with interpersonal/relational issues as well as concerns related to identity, personality, sex/sexuality, anxiety, and trauma. I practice from a psychodynamic approach, personalized to meet the needs of each client. Our sessions together will assist you in developing a greater understanding of self and your interactions with others. I offer treatment to individuals, court-ordered families/couples, as well as group therapy for a variety of concerns (depression, anxiety, relational issues, etc). I also offer supervision to pre-licensed professionals.
Life is difficult; making sense of challenges and choices can be complicated. Times of stress can tax every relationship, even the relationship with our self. As a Professional Counselor my goal is to create a relationship in which you can feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and emotions, assisting in discovering new opportunities for growth and change.
My focus in therapy is to faciliate and encourage an enriched sense of oneself and increased empowerment in ones life. I support individuals to develop the life that they desire, relationships that are fullfilling and a life purpose that is rewarding. I am a Gestalt Certified therapist which is an expressive, action-based approach to growth which supports an ability to notice ones self in the moment and understand the meaning-making process.
I believe we are all capable of changing our lives to feel happier more of the time. Perhaps you are struggling with a big transition, such as the death of a loved one, getting married or divorced, having a child, changing careers, or coming out. Or maybe you just feel stuck and you're not sure why. New clients often say that they are frustrated because they would like to feel happier but can't seem to figure out how. Therapy helps people break out of the rut and find new ways to achieve contentment.
I believe in shedding labels that hurt, building skills that heal, and breaking patterns that inhibit positive change. I promote positive transformation that lasts beyond the counseling experience. Most importantly, I believe that everyone has a One Of A Kind Mind so I am willing to adapt modalities that will best suit you to emerge into becoming uniquely yourself. So come as you are. No preparation required. Our work together may help you sort things out and get some relief from the tough situations in life. Trouble with relationships, family, work, education will happen; however it does not define who you are. You do!
**I am unable to accept new clients at this time** Life can be stressful and overwhelming; so can reaching out for therapy. I’m here to create a welcoming and safe space, where you can heal, grow and develop a deeper understanding of yourself. Through greater awareness, we increase our choices in the world and find more joy and fulfillment. I help clients explore and process emotions, find their voice and improve their relationships.
3/2022 - CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS - Hello! I am a Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist working in the Pittsburgh area. I have experience working with adolescents and adults and approach therapy from an experiential, feminist, multicultural approach. I utilize art making and expressive therapies to help facilitate greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, personal growth, and to empower you to create positive change. I believe art making has the power to heal and the magic to promote growth in a safe way, and it would be an honor to work with you.
Perhaps you are struggling with a life transition, facing a chronic illnesses or an unexpected loss in your life? Are you adjusting to a new role? Concerned about depression or anxiety? Do you have strained relationships or trouble communicating? Counseling can help you navigate these difficult experiences with more confidence.... After an assessment of your conflicts, we will work together to set goals for approaching life in different ways.
In my individual, couples, and family work, values of collaboration, mutuality, and connection guide my practice. I partner with clients to identify their own unique strengths that can be used as resources to foster growth and change. I am attentive to the role of early family experiences, cultural values, oppression, and stigma in shaping client's experiences. Particularly when addressing painful or traumatic areas, I attend to clients' emotional safety using mindfulness and body awareness. I believe that healing happens in the context of honest relationships and invite my clients to engage in open dialog about our work together.
I am unable to accept new clients. I specialize in working with women and queer-identified individuals with relationship concerns (with others or self). This may include struggles with sexuality/intimacy, trust, impact of trauma, relationship endings, or low self-worth. Relationship concerns may manifest into symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, or difficulties expressing emotions. Those who work with me find themselves increasing their ability to communicate their needs in relationships, feel more empowered, recognize they are valued and worthy, and better understand and respond to their emotions.
(I am unable to accommodate new clients at this time). My approach to therapy is based on relational and family systems theory as well as yoga and mindfulness based practices. I take a trauma sensitive approach and I am trained in methods which have positive outcomes for the reduction of PTSD, Insomnia, Mood, Anxiety and Depressive symptoms. I am most experienced in working with anxiety and depression, PTSD, chronic anxiety, chronic pain, partner/couples issues, family relationships, and the navigating challenges of adjusting to a new home often experienced by new Americans. ***I am unable to accommodate new clients at this time***
Life can present us with challenging and stressful situations. And yet, "We are made to persist. That is how we find out who we are"-Tobias Wolff. This philosophy provides the reassurance that each person has the power and potential to surpass many difficult situations. In therapeutic practice, I work with clients to identify and cultivate their innate strengths and resources, inspiring positive change and a more meaningful, rewarding life.
Do you want to better understand yourself and your relationships? Are you feeling stuck and unsure of how to move forward? Therapy can provide a place where you can freely express yourself and explore, without judgment, the obstacles that are preventing you from having a more satisfied life. I enjoy helping clients learn to listen to all of their feelings and let go of old patterns that once served them but no longer do. I offer support and challenge through the therapy relationship as people face their personal truths. I have openings for a new adult psychotherapy group but am not accepting new clients for individual therapy.
As a registered nurse with over 25 years of psychiatric experience, a licensed counselor and a professionally-trained coach, I see the potential in every client. I work hard to support each and every client reveal their own true essence and be their very highest selves. Taking a non-judgmental stance, I will teach you how to stay present-oriented, manage life effectively, build your self-worth and self-esteem, and stop running from your problems and yourself.
I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in counseling with adults and older adolescents. I have a special interest and expertise in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and have significant experience with Exposure and Response Prevention and Dialectal Behavior Therapy Skills Training. I have worked with individuals who struggle with a variety of behavioral health issues to include but not limited to OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, as well as individuals who have difficulty managing emotions.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Highland Park, Pittsburgh are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Highland Park, Pittsburgh then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Highland Park, Pittsburgh specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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