The short answer is: someone who helps you focus on getting out of life what is most important to you (even when you don’t know what that is yet!) and gives you the tools to keep doing this long after your final session. People typically hire a coach when they are reevaluating life choices, making a career transition, or simply feeling ready for a personal or professional breakthrough.
What is Psychotherapy?
It's normal to have emotional ups and downs but when persistent symptoms start to negatively impact your health and relationships, then a psychotherapist can help you understand your symptoms, get relief, and provide an opportunity for personal growth. Independently practicing psychotherapists have, at a minimum, a clinical masters degree and clinical licensure through their state. As a psychotherapist, I have the training and skills to perform comprehensive mental health assessments and diagnose clients. I have extensive experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, and trauma. As a psychotherapist providing medically necessary, clinical services, you may also be able to get reimbursement for a portion of my fees through your insurance.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
Depending on an individual's life experiences and needs at a given time in their journey, psychotherapy may provide a more appropriate healing space and longer time frame than a more action and results oriented coaching model, especially if you are struggling with mental health issues. I personally use a positive psychology (a focus on strengths that enable individuals or organizations to thrive) and wellness-based approach whether I work with ‘therapy’ or 'coaching' clients. The difference I typically see is where someone is starting from, in both mindset and present concerns, which helps determine the pace and results we see in our time together.
Regardless of where you are starting from or what modality is most appropriate for your needs, our work together is a partnership, a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire you to maximize your personal and professional potential. I will be seeking to elicit solutions and strategies from you, believing in your natural creativity and resourcefulness.
I believe my therapy training greatly enhances my coaching practice and I consult regularly with practitioners from both fields. If I feel that my services are not appropriate for your needs, I may refer you to another practitioner. I do not work with clients in psychiatric crisis.
Are we the right fit?
I work best with individuals who are committed and sincere in their intention to grow; those who are on a path toward honesty and authenticity in their lives. Growth is work- it means you have to get out of your comfort zone and try new ways of showing up in the world. The work is done both in and out of sessions, as you put into practice the intentions set during our time together.
Certainly there are other styles, personalities, and approaches to this type of work. My approach is based strongly in my own experience and personality, which has its inherent strengths and limitations. I do what I do and I don’t do what I don’t do. I appreciate that there are a diversity of methods and approaches. Our initial consultation call will help us figure out the next steps to get you to where you want to go.
How much does it cost?
I do not accept insurance at this time. However, as a licensed clinical practitioner and depending on your insurance, a portion of my fees might be reimbursable. Call your insurance provider and ask about reimbursement rates for an out of network behavioral health provider. My fees vary depending on what type of assistance you need. If you think you would like to work together, contact me for a free consultation and for more information on pricing. I accept cash, Paypal, debit or credit cards, Chase Quickpay or Venmo.
How many sessions will I need?
I love it when clients are able to see results sooner than expected and prefer to give people the tools they can use to keep moving forward after they have finished working with me. Each client relationship is unique and will evolve as your life and circumstances flex. We will do regular check-ins about how the process is serving you and what you need going forward. With a coaching focus and a motivated client, many people can experience great results with anywhere from 4-10 sessions. The length of time for therapy oriented services will depend on your current level of functioning, the specific type of concern you have, and your capacity to make changes.
The transformations I typically see in my clients are:
Greater internal and external awareness and clarity
Increased resiliency and success in managing stress and negative emotions
More ease and confidence with themselves
Stronger connection with others and enhanced communication skills
Access to greater creativity and energy in building life balance and maintaining health
Increased openness to taking the risks needed to craft the life they want
What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnosis is a natural state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person about 80-90% of the day and also just before he/she enters into the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis, we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds and use it for healing for you. With HEART-CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY you are helped to become aware of, to understand and to resolve your conflicts on the very deepest of levels. In this way it is possible for you to do something constructive about your current situation and experiences.
The answer to this is extremely important so that you can truly benefit from hypnosis. The average person has the idea that he will be asleep. Please do not equate hypnosis with being asleep or being unconscious. It is actually super-consciousness. You will be highly aware of whatever experience you are having. Your hypnotherapy sessions will prove to be exciting, different from what you expected, new and even spectacular. While in hypnosis you will find that your mind is active; that you can converse with your therapist and you may even hear sounds in the room; but these will not disturb or distract you since you will be highly focused on your experience. You can resist a suggestions if you so desire; you will have the ability to remember everything that has happened or you can keep it in your subconscious to be retrieved for the next session. Remember, you are not anaesthetized, you are not unconscious, you are not asleep. Your subconscious mind is active, your thoughts are under your control, you perceive all stimuli, and you are in complete communication with the therapist. The most unique experience you may have is a regression to very young ages - even back to your birth!
Can physical symptoms be caused by emotion?
Many physical symptoms are psychosomatic in nature which means that they have an emotional or nervous system basis. The word psycho means psychological and somatic means the body. So psycho-somatic means the mind body connection. When you come to think of it, it is not really so strange that emotional strain or worry should produce physical symptoms. After all, every organ in your body is connected with your brain by nerve channels; and so it is logical that when your nervous system is upset by some traumatic experience or conflict, you may feel the effects in various organs of your body.
What is Biofeedback or HeartMath?
Biofeedback is a mind–body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Much like physical therapy, biofeedback training requires active participation on the part of clients and regular practice between training sessions.
HeartMath is a transformational system of rigorous scientific research, validated techniques, leading-edge products and programs and advanced technologies to measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) or heart rate over time. Using a pulse sensor plugged into a USB port, emWavePro (a HeartMath technology) collects pulse data and translates your body’s unique information into user–friendly graphics displayed on the computer screen.
Clients are taught to create a coherent state through coherence techniques and interactive exercises and games. Personal coherence, also known as psychophysiological coherence, refers to the harmony between our physical, mental and emotional systems. It can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns. The more balanced and smooth they are, the more in sync, or coherent we are. When we are coherent, stress levels recede, energy levels increase, and our brain and heart work together. It is a state of optimal clarity, perception and performance.