How can therapy help me?
Many people find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you may obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Common goals and benefits from therapy include:
- Better understanding yourself, your goals and values.
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Improving communications skills.
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones.
- Identifying and fighting negative triggers.
- Discovering new ways to solve problems.
- Improving your self-esteem, self-image and self-confidence.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. Only Psychiatrists and your PCP can prescribe you medications. If you are on psychotropic medications or would like to start, you can sign a consent form for me and your doctor to communicate and keep your health treatment consistent.
What ages do you see?
Although I have worked with all ages, I find that my strength is working with middle and high schoolers, and adult women. Untimately, I enjoy working with people who want to be in therapy and are motivated to improve their lives.
I’m divorced and my child’s other parent is not in agreement with therapy. What happens then?
In Pennsylvania, if parents are married/in a relationship, any parent can give consent for treatment. An adolescent aged 14 or older may grant consent for treatment themselves. They do not need a parents consent.
In cases of marital separation or divorce and there’s no court agreement , I require the consent of both parents, whenever possible, if the child is 13 years of age or younger. However, the consent of both parents is required when there is a court order of joint legal custody and the child is 13 or younger. If one parent is not in agreement with treatment, I will not see them.
Is therapy confidential?
“In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule including:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police and the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.”
Are there certain types of clients you do not work with?
I do not do custody evaluations or work with individuals with severe Autism, severe eating disorders, or sex offenders.
I can provide you with referrals to experts who do work with these populations.