How I Work

Theoretical Orientation

Theoretical orientation refers, in part, to a psychotherapist’s view of how problems develop, and it influences how one works with clients. I draw from multiple theories and empirical research, using what I believe are the most relevant and effective strategies for each individual. That said, I believe the relationship between a therapist and client is more important than therapy techniques or orientation.


My work is active and always collaborative. We will work together as a team to help you move forward in a way that fits with your personal style, values, environment, and goals. We will evaluate the process at times and make adjustments as needed.  I welcome and encourage feedback.

Initial Steps

  • Our first phone call is your opportunity to ask questions and learn about me.   It also is my chance to get a general idea about what you want and need.
  • If you decide to make an appointment, you can download and complete the Client Information Form and bring it with you.
  • During our first appointment we will talk about your concerns in more depth, what you want out of therapy, and determine if working together will support you best.

Duration of Psychotherapy

The process of psychotherapy can be brief (10-15 sessions) or it can be more open ended. This depends a great deal on your situation and goals. Brief therapy is often appropriate when dealing with specific, short-term stressors or challenges and you want solutions. Longer term therapy is useful when you want to gain deep insight on a recurring issue or long-time struggle.


Appointments are 50 minutes once a week — usually the same day and time. It may be possible to meet more frequently if needed.