Psychotherapy in combination with medication is the most effective treatment for the majority of children and adults with a variety of disorders, demonstrated in extended and systematic studies by the National Institute of Mental Health and other current research. As a Medical Psychologist, I can provide both therapy and medication, thus optimizing treatment efficacy without you having to pay two doctors. Medication can reduce symptoms of distress more rapidly. Not only are you likely to feel more like your “normal self ”sooner, but to sleep better, think more clearly, handle normal frustrations more easily, be less irritable, and make faster progress in therapy. As a Medical Psychologist, I can prescribe your medications. As your therapist, I can closely monitor your ongoing response to them and make the necessary adjustments to optimize a medication protocol for you as a unique individual.
You may be feeling confused, fragmented, mixed up . . . like a puzzle with pieces scattered and jumbled so much you cannot see how to begin putting it together. I have an ability to identify the pieces of the puzzle that is "you" and see the inherent pattern. I can help you identify and cultivate your strengths, talents and abilities, including some you may not even realize you have. Then we can begin to put the pieces together to develop the “self” you are capable of being and a life you would like to live.
Although neither you nor I can alter tough circumstances or troublesome incidents of the past, we can work together to better understand and accept the feelings and challenges they have generated. We can unearth negative perceptions, flawed beliefs, and counter-productive behavior patterns that are obstacles to your experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. By changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, you can relinquish struggling with the past, embrace being in the present, begin making more satisfying life choices, and move toward your goals - goals based on your values, your beliefs, and your decisions.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.