How do I begin?
It starts with a phone conversation in which we briefly discuss your reasons for seeking therapy. We make an appointment to meet in person for about an hour to further discuss your needs and goals. If we decide to proceed with the therapeutic process, we use the next few sessions to set goals and to determine whether short-term or long-term therapy is most beneficial. Reassessing periodically our process and your progress is an integral part of the experience.
What is your approach?
My experience and education have led me to believe that the client-therapist relationship is one of most important aspects of therapy. Therapy is a relationship-based treatment. You need to be as comfortable as possible. Together, we work toward accomplishing your goals. If the client and therapist are not a good fit, you won’t achieve your goals.
What’s your listening style?
Because my approach is individually based upon your needs, I combine active listening and more directive interaction as you develop your own insights and solutions.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. I am a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Only psychiatrists, who are medical doctors, can write prescriptions. I am trained, however, to assess whether a medication evaluation is warranted in any given case. If it appears that a client could benefit from medication, I address this with the client and refer them to their general practitioner and/or a psychiatrist for a medication evaluation. Typically, I maintain contact with that physician as the client and I continue our therapeutic work. The client also has occasional appointments with the physician who monitors the medication.
Do you have any specialty areas?
As a clinical psychologist, I am trained to work with many psychological and emotional issues and diagnoses. My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, the impact of past and present traumatic events, issues in personal and family relationships, the psychological effects of chronic medical illness, postpartum depression, life changes and personal growth.
What is your experience in sport psychology?
I have developed and implemented programs and treatment regimens for numerous athletes and teams including elite amateurs, college athletes and professional athletes, ranging in age from adolescents to older adults. I am a certified consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (recognized by the American Psychological Association). To earn this designation, I met a standard of education and training in sport sciences and in psychology. I completed a practicum and was privately supervised by the head psychologist at the US Olympic Training Center. I have undergone an extensive review process, abide by the AASP ethical code and receive ongoing training in sport psychology. I have also completed study in sport psychology at the Kinesiology Department at University of Colorado in Boulder.
What is your experience with performing artists?
I have received specific training to work with this population. I incorporate into person-centered therapy the knowledge and understanding of an artist’s unique needs. Over the years I have designed and implemented treatment plans for numerous performing artists from such areas as includes artists from such areas as dance, opera, country music, musical theater, symphony, theater and comedy.
How long is a counseling session?
How much does it cost?
My practice is fee for service. This means payment in full is expected at the time of the session. My fee is comparable to other psychologists in the Denver area with my level of education, experience and expertise. I provide a limited number of client slots on a sliding scale. These are reserved for those with financial need. Our first discussion will include the particulars on fees.
What about insurance?
Your insurance company may provide partial reimbursement directly to you for your therapy upon receipt of proof of payment. Please check with your insurance company for your particular plan’s coverage.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
The length of treatment varies, depending upon your needs and goals. If want to treat one specific area, therapy could be short-term (3 to 12 sessions). If you are looking for deeper intervention, therapy would be long-term (4 months or longer).
How often will we meet?
This depends on your specific needs, but once a week is usual.
Where are you located?
1720 South Bellaire Street, Suite 203, Denver, Colorado, 80222. My office is located in a 12-story office building on the east side of S. Bellaire St. in Denver. The main cross streets are Mexico Ave. and Colorado Blvd. The closest highway is I-25 (Colorado Blvd. Exit). The building is located behind the Best Buy store on the east side of Colorado Blvd.