It's easy to develop habits of responding to negative thoughts and feelings in ways that drag our lives off course. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a very practical model that focuses on recognizing some of the causes for normal mental health challenges, and helps clients to develop tools to stay on track. Rather than fixating on a diagnosis, ACT encourages us to see our lives as unique experiences that can become more functional as we transform internal struggles into meaningful action.
I have experience and expertise in working with adoptive children and families, particularly around attachment disorders. My practice has shown me that I have a particular skill with pre-teens and adolescents. Clients in the LGBTQ and alternative lifestyles communities will find an open-minded and welcoming presence in working with me. I especially enjoy working with transgender teens and young adults. I seek to help empower clients to find inner resources to fulfill their life goals and duly face life's challenges.
I work collaboratively with adults and children dealing with issues such as trauma and loss, ADHD, anxiety and depression, and chronic pain, utilizing a pragmatic strength-based approach. Certified in EMDR, I also draw upon other mind-body modalities, such as Mindfulness Meditation, DBT, and attachment theory. My approach is grounded in spirituality and informed by over 30 years of participating in and leading mens groups. And it is characterized by a compassionate problem-solving attitude, and fueled by dogged determination and persistant stick-to-it-iveness. I teach clients stress-reduction techniques they can practice at home.
Welcome into my office and settle yourself into a comfortable couch or chair overlooking the flowing Connecticut River. We can talk together in confidence, discovering new approaches to whatever challenge brings you to therapy now.
My focus is to mindfully assist you towards well being including, but not limited to, freedom from anxiety, depression, addiction symptoms, trauma, physical pain, impulsivity and the resolution of grief. Self confidence, self knowledge, skillfulness and the personal freedom that comes from letting go of the past and moving forward in your life is the reward you can look forward to by engaging in therapy.
I am a seasoned therapist of over 20 plus years in private practice, that works with a broad client base such as individual adults, teens, and children but specialize with couples work and family therapy. I am certified in Imago Relationships International. I work with grief and loss for individuals, couples and families. I am certified in Grief and Loss as an educator, training with David Kessler. I am also certified in International work with clients who have gone through war and work with clients that are from the Middle East, Turkey, and Bosnia.
My services are designed to assist in understanding and integrating parts of your life and personality that are resisting integration. Whether these are memories of the past, current conflicts with significant people, unwelcome parts of your own personality or simple unwanted stresses/anxieties, healing them involves learning to view them through a different lens. One tool I like to use in this process is called Compassionate Communication. It's a psycho-spiritual tool that helps to TRANSFORM pain and loss into New Life and New Relationship, much like a compost pile does as it sits in the sun and becomes New Soil.
I have had over 20 years of experience in private practice treating children, adults, families and couples in a rural area. I am well-versed in common issues such as adjustment disorders, depression and anxiety, childhood trauma and substance abuse and recovery.
I am a firm, sensitive and client-focused therapist with many years of experience helping young people and adults from all types of backgrounds throughout the Northeast and Southeast. I received my MSW from Boston University, with advanced clinical training at the Yale University School of Medicine; where I was selected to work as a Family Therapist at the Yale Psychiatric Institute; a pre-eminent teaching hospital; when I was 32. I help clients with individual, family and/or marital and relationship issues, mental health and serious mounting chemical dependency problems.
I am eclectic in my clinical philosophy and treatment approach, drawing from psychodynamic theories,transpersonal theories
and energy psychology.
My focus of interest and expertise is working with trauma, depression, anxiety, stress disorders, parent-child problems, relationship issues,family and divorce mediation, transpersonal and psycho-spiritual issues.
I strongly believe that each of my clients is the expert on their own life and experiences -- while acknowledging that all of us have times where we can feel like anything but that! Whether you are seeking therapy out of a desire for self-care, self-improvement, or self-discovery, I would welcome the chance to work with you. My role is not to provide advice or to tell you how things are, but to aid you and support you in exploring your own mind and feelings as we work towards your goals. We cannot change the past, but we can find new ways to relate to it, and in doing so, shape our future into whatever we want it to be.
Do you feel sad, anxious, tired, or angry more than you’d like to? Are you living with past trauma or pain that you can’t seem to move past? Do you struggle with relationships, self-esteem problems, shame, or destructive patterns? Increasing your awareness of how your mind works and how the patterns in your life have developed can allow you to begin to break unhealthy cycles and become more in tune with your true, whole self.
VT MEDICAID ACCEPTED. NEW CLIENTS WELCOME! Do you react intensely to others' behavior? Do people say you are oversensitive? Do you sometimes need to withdraw from people to feel safe? A history of emotional wounding could be playing a big part in your distress. But it is often difficult to make the connection. Emotional mistreatment is not like physical or overt sexual abuse, which are episodic and which often leave specific memories. It is more of a pattern of behavior directed towards you that leaves you feeling hurt, alone and uncertain of your place in the world.
Being alive in the 21st century is amazing, surely unlike anything that our ancestors experienced, in both stresses and opportunities. We can have a conversation about what it is like for you, trying to live up to your deepest held values in the face of real challenges. I start with the assumption that you have what it takes to move more fully into a vibrant, meaningful life, even during times of great uncertainty. Sometimes life presents challenges that seem overwhelming. Seeking help is a sign of strength in such times.
I offer both traditional psychotherapy and EMDR to adults. We all know life can be challenging. Depression, anxiety, chronic pain and negative past experiences can all get in the way of being the person you want to be and having the relationships you want and deserve. For over 20 years I have enjoyed helping people attain their goals in therapy and enjoy more satisfying lives.
I have had the privilege of over 25 years of working with people providing psychotherapy and addiction and substance abuse treatment. My approach to assisting people having a fuller life and gain mastery over their obstacles is a blend of dynamic/insight and cognitive behavioral approaches.
I see therapy as a partnership that can benefit anybody in the process of becoming more fully ourselves. My work is especially helpful for those interested in existential, spiritual, and life path questions - people who want to learn to listen more deeply to intuition, discover and free their authentic voice, and live in alignment with their values - people who wish to be awake, embodied, and intentional in this grand experiment of life. I meet each client with curiosity and wonder - committed to discover and support their emergent selves and release obstacles in the way of their shining fully.
I have a practice of general psychotherapy with a focus on trauma. The basis of my work is the theory that we all have a self- healing system that sometimes can be overwhelmed by events and lead to symptoms. My goals are to develop a collaborative relationship with my clients, identify goals, and to make a plan for treatment that is based on what they would like for themselves. My experience is in treatment of: anxiety, depression, complex grief and life transitions. I also offer experience in resolution of current trauma and in treatment of the effects of difficult experiences in childhood and unmet developmental needs.
I usually find that clients managing anxiety, depression, loss and/or addiction are first looking for a compassionate listener with the experience and knowledge that facilitates emerging inner strength. My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental and professional. Frequently my clients have issues with drugs or alcohol and I may work also with their partners, family, or concerned friends. I feel it is critical for everyone involved to know that they are not alone in their struggles, that support and guidance are available and that therapy has helped people feel better than they thought possible.
I am a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist whose primary focus is on developing a relationship of trust between therapist and client that is essential to the healing process. I put a strong emphasis on the importance of the client's comfort in the room both physically and emotionally. Although I encourage my clients to say everything, I also think their instincts regarding when and how much they want to share should be respected. Respecting the boundaries and privacy of my clients is something I regard as the foundation of a good therapeutic relationship.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Westminster West 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 Westminster West 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.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Westminster West, or Child Psychologists in Westminster West.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Westminster West psychologists specializing in EMDR.
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 Westminster West 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.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.