We all run in into problems from time to time.
I can help if you’re:
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Having difficulty in your relationships
- Feeling stuck
- Having trouble at work
- Wanting to feel better about yourself
- Wanting to live life more authentically
I work with individuals and couples.
In Individual Counseling, we will work together so you can be happier with yourself, about your life and in your relationships.
In Couple Counseling, we will collaboratively work on strengthening your connection. Frequent issues addressed in couple counseling include communication, stress and tension, anger management, substance abuse, parenting, infidelity, and trust.
For more information about Individual Counseling or Couple Counseling, please click on the Therapy Services Tab above.
Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Please contact me so we can discuss your concerns and how I can be of help to you. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. Call me at 301-279-7779, email me at [email protected] or use the contact form below.
I look forward to talking with you, getting to know you, and helping to bring out the best in you.
How do you find the right therapist?
Sometimes, because of work, family, death, relationships, or uncomfortable feelings like depression or anxiety, you want to seek out a mental health professional for help. But finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming. How do you find a therapist and how do you know the person is a good therapist for you?
Below I provide some suggestions on how to search for therapists and then, although not a full-proof checklist, I provide some things to consider when choosing one person to work with.
Finding a therapist:
- Going to therapist isn’t the stigma it used to be. There wouldn’t be so many therapists to choose from if people weren’t going!
First, ask someone you know for a referral: your friends and family, primary care physician, or another professional like your massage therapist, for examples.
- Do a Google search and check out some of the therapists’ websites that come up in your results. Here are some ideas of what search terms to use. If you’re needing help with your relationship, google Marriage Counseling and Your Location. Or google Couples Counseling and Your Location. If you’re struggling with depression and want some help, google Depression Treatment and Your Location or Help with Depression and Your Location.
Here are some ideas on how to narrow your search to be able to select a therapist to work with:
- See if the person you are considering has the training that you feel would be important for you to get the help you’re looking for.
- Call a few therapists on the phone. Get a sense of who you click with. Tell them what is happening in your life that you’re interested in therapy and ask if they have experience working with people going through similar situations. Ask some questions that are important to you. Maybe you want to know if they have evening hours or weekend hours. Maybe you want to know if they take your insurance or if they offer on-line therapy? Often therapists have free ‘initial consultation” for 20 minutes or more. That is something that can help you see if you and your potential therapist are a match.
- Though a little time consuming and costly, you can always have an initial session with a few therapists to see who is the best fit for you.
I don’t believe there is a best therapist. No therapist is perfect, just like no one is perfect. You want to choose someone who you feel is a good fit for you. Someone with whom you feel comfortable and someone you feel “gets” you. You want their feedback and interventions to be helpful.
Sometimes, finding a therapist can take some work. But it’s worth it.
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If you have any questions, need more information, or would like to make an appointment, you can call me at 301-279-7779, email me at [email protected], or use the form below.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Over 15 years of experience
Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and Supervisor
Member of The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work
Member of the International Centre
for Excellence in Emotionally
Member of Clinical Social
Member of National Association
of Social Workers
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