Though it does require time, oommitment, and money, there are times in life when counseling is one of wisest investments you can make for yourself. And, contrary to the old, too-slow-to-fade societal misconception, seeking counseling is an act of intelligence and courage, not a sign of weakness.
During my training, I remember encountering the book called Swamplands of the Soul. Its chapters covered anxiety, depression, grief, anger, trauma, despair. . .
I remember thinking what a perfect image the title conveyed for how it feels to be stuck in one of these states: flat, dismal, endless, and hard to get out of without fear of sinking further!
The good news is that, with a guide, and a map, and, most importantly, reconnection with your own good inner compass, leaving these dismal states behind, and getting back on the path to your best possible life is absolutely attainable!
How I Work
The over-arching word I would use to describe my work with clients is compassion. Based on the Jewish spiritual imperative to see the holy goodness in each person, I offer a strength-based, non-judgmental approach of partnership and support. While knowledgeable in several of the important streams of thought in modern psychology, I prefer to take an eclectic, integrative approach, tailored to what works best for the needs of each client.
Blending the guidance of spiritual tradition into our work can be very helpful, but I add this only by your request. Though I know Judaism best, I am also schooled in the beautiful wisdom inherent in other spiritual paths, and am skilled in helping clients translate these spiritual principles into practical use. I welcome clients of all backgrounds.
We will begin with an assessment of where you are currently, and of where you want to go from here. We will progress from there to identifying your strengths, gifts and resources, and how they can be brought to bear on the difficulties you are experiencing. With this information, we will begin to create a map, a plan, and embark on the journey of healing and the return to hope, joy and faith in life that is the natural right of each individual.
I take a very positive and supportive approach to counseling, and my “bottom line” is to work myself out of a job, so to speak: I am always seeking your empowerment and my underlying desire is that you become restored to self-confidence, self-actualization, freedom and ease.
Some frequently asked questions about
individual counseling . . .
How much does it cost?
I work on a sliding scale between $90 and $120 per hour. I also offer a special student/senior rate.
How long are the sessions? How often?
Generally, one hour, though sometimes 90-minute sessions are appropriate.
Weekly sessions are best at the outset. From there it can be workable to meet every other week, especially if we set up some “homework” for you between sessions. This can take the form of deciding to take a new approach to a challenge, making a new step, doing some reflective reading, and/or journaling.
Do you have evening and weekend times available?
I am available on a limited basis on Sundays and evenings.
Do you take insurance?
I am not taking insurance at this time. However, I am happy to provide an itemized invoice for those with medical/counseling savings plans.
There is a way forward!