What type of therapy do you use?
I utilize a variety of counseling techniques from an eclectic collection of theoretical orientations based on the needs and strengths of the individual client. Frequently, I use cognitive behavioral, rational emotive, family systems, play therapy, and solution focused approaches.
Why should I choose you as a therapist?
I have over ten years of experience working with children, teens, and parents. I have extensive practice working with complex situations and challenges. I am open to new ideas and strategies regarding treatment. My goal with clients is to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets the client’s specific needs. I am down to earth, nonjudgmental, and empathetic.
What if it is determined that your services are not appropriate for me?
If you or I decide that we are not a good fit, I can help you connect to the appropriate professional.
Are there specialties or populations that you do not provide counseling services for?
Counselors can not specialize in everything or serve all populations and do it well. These are the following specialties I do not provide services for: substance abuse and addiction, marriage counseling, anorexia and bulimia, and geriatrics.
Are you licensed?
Yes, I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of NJ.
Do you accept insurance?
I accept Horizon BCBS for counseling services. If you have out-of-network benefits as part of your medical insurance plan, services may be covered in full or in part by your insurance provider.
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy for you or your child is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as divorce, work transition, or other situations that effect you and your family. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a counselor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, behavioral issues, stress management, loss, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and being open to working towards change in their lives.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who do to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, and for whatever reason, they aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to assess your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
How long will counseling take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication are crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Do you offer in-home counseling or video/online counseling?
Yes, I offer both of these services. Online counseling is available for adults 18 years and older. Some clients are more comfortable with in-home or online counseling and I do my best to accommodate these needs. I have many years of experience providing in-home counseling for children, teens, and parents. I have experience providing online counseling for adults/parents. However, please be aware that insurance may not reimburse or cover these services.
What are some benefits of counseling?
Some of the benefits of counseling include:
• Developing new skills for handing stress and anxiety
• Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
• Gaining insight into personal patterns and behaviors
• Looking at problems and solutions from another point of view or perspective
• Increasing confidence, peace, and well-being
• Improving ways to manager anger, depression, and mood
• Discovering new ways to solve problems
• Improving listening and communication skills
• Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
• Enhancing the overall quality of life
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a licensed counselor. Information is not disclosed without written permission. HIPAA compliance is followed. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule.
These exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult abuse or elder abuse. The counselor is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The counselor must notify the police and inform the intended victims
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The counselor will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
Counseling with Children and Teens FAQ
How does therapy with my child/teen work?
For the initial meeting with children and teens, I like for us to schedule 60-75 mins. That gives me time to bring both of you in the room together to help your child or teen to feel safe and at ease. I will gather initial information from both of you and explain the counseling process, as well as answer any questions you may have. Then I will meet with the parent(s) for about 30 mins to discuss the issues that bring you to counseling and get a developmental history and background information about the child and his/her functioning. After that, I will meet with your child/teen one-on-one for about 20-30 mins to get your child’s viewpoint of what issues bring him/her to counseling, and to establish rapport with your child. The parent(s) will come back into the room at the end of the session with child to go over what we talked about, share any action steps, discuss treatment, and to schedule the next session. For follow-up sessions, I will meet with the parent(s) for a few minutes at the onset of the session if the parent(s) needs to discuss information regarding the child/teen with me. Then I will meet with your child/teen privately. At the end of the session, we will meet together to share progress, action steps, any concerns, and schedule next sessions. Follow up sessions are usually 45-50 mins.
What age group of children do you work with?
I work with children age 5-18 and young adults.
Weight Loss Surgery Supportive Counseling FAQ
What is Weight Loss Surgery Supportive Counseling?
How is Weight Loss Surgery support through consulting different from a support group?
My services are individualized and work around your schedule, unlike support groups which are group based and meet on a particular day and time. The programs I offer derive from the lack of information easily available to individuals about the emotional, physical and psychological changes that occur as a result of weight loss surgery. The services I offer are much more individualized and offer one-on-one support and attention. It allows you to discuss the concerns that are directly impacting you and work on practical tools to help you.
How is Weight Loss Surgery Support Counseling different from a support group?
Counseling is individualized and works around your schedule, unlike support groups which are group based and meet on a particular day and time. Not all support groups are run by licensed therapists. Some clients prefer not to talk in a group. Supportive counseling is much more individualized and personal, and offers one-on-one support and attention. It allows you to discuss the concerns that are directly impacting you.
If you have any questions about counseling or services or individual concerns, please contact me directly.Ω