What if i have a particular diagnosis?

I provide counseling (therapy) for anxiety, depression, social isolation, ADD/ADHD, relationship issues, stress management, family conflicts, compulsive behaviors, grief & loss, addictions and other mood disorders. Many people face these challenges in daily life but if you experience these things as a persistent interruption to your life you may need counseling services.

What is DBT? (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT was originally created for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.  However, it has extended to treat a variety of individuals including adolescents and those with addiction problems.  The skills taught are those of interpersonal effectiveness (how to repair relationships, get rid of toxic ones, create new ones and also how to ask for what we need and say no).  Also covered is emotion regulation (how to learn to better control our emotions versus letting our emotions swept us into the sea of dyscontrol).  Distress tolerance skills are geared towards techniques when we just have to accept the moment as it is.  Finally, mindfulness is the undercurrent of DBT skills where techniques are explored to meet the moment as it is.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) will give you results for creating a life worth living. If you are suffering from a sense of not belonging, low self-worth, difficulty in relationships, and extremes in emotions, then DBT can help.

For more information please visit: http://www.beahvioraltech.org

How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

Sessions are usually 50 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.

How long  will I be in counseling

The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the client’s goals. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to pursue counseling for a longer period.

How much are your fees and do you take insurance?

Fees are$120 per session.  I do accept some insurance, including BCBS and Seton.  If you have out of network benefits I can provide documentation upon request for you to file with your insurance. Additionally, I do work on a sliding scale. 

Do I need to take medications?

As a therapist I am not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist or your primary care physician to determine whether medication should be utilized as a part of your treatment. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or I can refer you to a psychiatrist.