What It's Like to Work With Me
Making a positive connection with your therapist is vital to a successful outcome.
My job is to create an atmosphere of safety, compassion, and hope necessary for you and/or your family member to engage in therapy to confront what is likely one of the greatest challenges of your lives.
I respect your courage in seeking help and the trust you’ll be placing in me.
My Approach With You Will Be:
Self-Empowering & Collaborative
We’ll work together to identify your existing strengths and resources as well as any obstacles that are in the way of moving forward. I’ll help you develop tools and strategies you'll need to help you meet your goals.
I see myself as a problem-solver. I don’t have “answers” to your problems, per se, but we’ll establish specific goals, with my job being to develop a plan for you to achieve your goals and resolve the problems.
I’ll work with you to enable you to feel better about yourself emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Moving Forward With Hope
Based on what you want to accomplish in treatment, I’ll help you figure out where and how to begin, as well as offer options for you to gain some traction to take further steps forward.
I’ve become a better therapist by witnessing my clients’ honesty and courage, sharing their life experiences and knowledge, and becoming a partner with them in their unique paths in recovery.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
How my personal experiences have shaped my work
In recent years I’ve been profoundly affected by my personal experience with addiction and mental illness in my family as well as my awareness of the failed public health policies in our country that criminalize and stigmatize people who use substances.
For decades, I experienced the frustration and pain of the difficulty in getting adequate treatment for addiction problems while I worked with one client, one family at a time. I realize now that it’s important to turn my attention to the larger public health environment that often pre-determines a restricted and limited path that those seeking treatment for their substance use required to travel along.
As a result, in addition to my clinical practice, I spend a portion of my time advocating for public health drug policy reform
My experiences have led me to incorporate harm reduction principles and approaches into my work. Harm reduction focuses on the uniqueness of each person’s needs and embraces any positive change, thereby avoiding the stigma- and shame-inducing approaches of traditional one-size-fits-all treatment programs who require all people seeking treatment with them to fit into their rigid treatment model.
Depth and Breadth of Experience
With over 40 years of experience providing individual counseling, couples counseling, and family counseling, my unique combination of licensed psychologist and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor enables me to work effectively with problems involving the complex interaction among drug addiction, alcohol addiction and mental health problems.
My school psychology training and family therapy background helps me to work effectively with this age group who often come to counseling with confusing symptoms that make proper diagnosis and treatment challenging.
My clients often find improved skills in the areas of emotional regulation, communication with others, and self-understanding; as well as feeling more hope and empowerment in their lives.
I pride myself on my willingness to put maximum effort into providing a quality and outstanding service.
My Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) office is conveniently located to the surrounding communities of Lower Gwynedd, Spring House, East Norriton, Plymouth Meeting, Lafayette Hill, Ambler, Maple Glen, Lansdale, Horsham, North Wales, Conshohocken, and East Norriton, as well as Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion, and other Main Line communities