Listed in Anxiety Treatment Experts
1110 Fidler Lane, Suite 1417
- 301-587-5735, x 3
In my practice, I work with adults, defined as approximately age 20 and older.I work with individual clients, with couples, and with groups.In group therapy, the clients are almost always in individual therapy as well, with me, with my co-therapist, or with another therapist who has referred the client to the group.
I work with clients presenting a variety of issues, including:
Depression Relationship Issues Life Transitions
Anxiety Addictive Behaviors GLBT Issues
Anger Grief and Loss Sense of Self/Self-Esteem
Men’s Issues Trauma and PTSD Partners of Abuse Survivors
Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional/Abuse Families
Couples Issues, including Re-Marriage, Extramarital Relationships, and Step-Families
I have had experience working with diverse groups of people.I have been a consulting psychologist to an orthodox yeshiva, I have worked with Catholic seminarians, I currently teach and supervise in a largely Catholic Pastoral Counseling program, and I have taken numerous workshops in working with Gay, Bi, and Lesbian, and Questioning clients.In addition, I have been involved in Multicultural work since 2001, and seek to keep an open mind and continuously question my assumptions about people whose lives are different from mine.
I believe that psychotherapy is an interactive process that calls for both the client and the therapist to be as fully involved as possible. Therefore, I participate actively with my patients, sharing my thoughts, impressions, and reactions to what we are talking about.I believe that people can change even long-standing patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior if THEY participate actively. My job is to create a space where clients can be curious and learn about the ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that they bring to their lives, and about how these ways work for them and against them. I create this space by bringing both my professional training and understanding and my human compassion, empathy, and respect.
In my practice, I typically meet with people once a week; if there is a need for additional support, or if we decide together that more intense work is called for, meeting twice a week can be very useful. Even meeting once a week allows clients to develop enough comfort with me and with therapy for our work to be effective and helpful.
Regarding my theoretical grounding, I have intensive training in Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, and Existential therapeutic approaches, and I draw from each of these as the client and client’s situation call for. Some therapistssubscribe to and identify withone school of thought and apply that way of thinking and working to every client. I first work to understand each client’s particular issues, needs, and style of thinking and feeling. THEN, I use the approach and methods that I believe would be most useful to that patient, and remain open to using whatever else might work based on what develops.Therefore, my orientation is eclectic, and my methods are determined by the patient’s personality and needs.
My fees are reimbursable by most insurance plans, and I assist my clients as needed in getting this reimbursement. Also, I am flexible with my fees on an as-needed basis.
I do not accept direct assignment of insurance, for two reasons: First, if I were to accept assignment, I would be spending more time talking with the insurance company than with my clients. Second, accepting assignment would give the insurance companies the power to make decisions about your therapy that you and I should be making.
I have practiced for thirteen years without accepting insurance assignment, and I have found that it makes the therapy much better and more focused.
My “sticker price” for a 50 minute session is $160. However, I am flexible with regard to fees on an as-needed basis, and I am almost always able to arrive at an arrangement that works well for both parties.