I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked in the field of psychology for over 25 years.
I look at the multiple areas of a person’s life to understand how each part contributes to the person’s state of mind or situation. For example, we may focus on behaviors, thoughts about particular situations, how emotion is expressed, or the impact of the past, such as family of origin, on current living. In addition, we may examine different areas of health, such as exercise, medical care, stress relief, social support, attaining goals, etc.
The work we do in therapy sessions can include exploration of issues, uncovering of thoughts and emotions that lead to ways of seeing and being in the world and interactions with others or oneself, determining how to make changes and implementing those changes, checking on progress and addressing obstacles that get in the way of progress, and planning for ways to handle future situations in which the problems may resurface. People engage in behaviors for a reason. We often have to figure out why a person is engaging in certain behaviors or ways of thinking and then we determine how to get to more adaptive ways of dealing with situations or others in the person’s life. In some cases, this process can take some time, for example, if long-standing problems exist and the person has little understanding of how to deal with them. In other cases, the process moves faster because the problems are less pervasive or deep-seated, or the person has already gained some insight about their problems on their own. Additionally, I offer psychological assessment to help clients gain insight into their problems, to determine diagnoses, or to determine what areas of focus in their lives or in their treatment would help them best reach their goals.