Office Hours

Tuesday-Thursday, starting at 8:00 a.m.; the last appointment is at 5:00 p.m. Sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes, with extended sessions available.

About Psychotherapy

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a professional relationship between you and me (client and clinician), in which we both agree to work together toward mutually agreed upon goals. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative, interactive, and inherently built on safety, trust, respect, and honesty. It is imperative that you are comfortable with me and feel we’re a “good fit” in order for change and healing to begin. Sessions are private and confidential unless you give me permission to release specific information. (Exceptions to confidentiality will be discussed in our first session). Psychotherapy is a personal experience that is different for each person. Clients can be in therapy for a short time (weeks or months) and feel they’ve accomplished what they wanted; for clients focusing on long-term or deeper issues, achieving desired goals may take a year or longer. I am very comfortable doing both short- and long-term work with clients.

Why Do People Seek Psychotherapy?

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Painful feelings such as depression, anxiety, anger, shame, grief, or low self-esteem that are overwhelming and negatively impacting quality of life
  • Patterns of dysfunctional relationships, including co-dependency
  • Understanding and healing from traumatic experiences and developing healthy relationships with oneself and with others
  • Addressing life transitions such as divorce, marriage, college, or unemployment

Whether you’re doing short- or long-term work, it takes courage to face your truths, work to understand underlying patterns and beliefs that drive behavior and thinking, connect with painful emotions and memories, then gradually and gently make changes that ultimately provide a solid, meaningful quality of life. Psychotherapy is safety and support and connection. It is where you tell your story without judgment, shame, or fear of recrimination … where your deepest voice may be heard. It is where you express and explore feelings, secrets, and thoughts, and perhaps discover for the first time who you are and what you need and want in your life. Psychotherapy is empowerment and wise choices. It is hard work, and you are worth it.

How Often Do We Meet?

I recommend weekly sessions for the first two to three months, with an evaluation at the end of that timeframe; another option is to evaluate our work at about six weeks. Much depends on your treatment goals, and how deeply you want to work. My goal is to ensure that you feel your time is well spent.

Treatment Approaches

I use a variety of both traditional and cutting-edge treatment approaches because I believe that what is effective for another client may not be helpful to you. I look at your strengths and work with you to create treatment goals we then work toward. I use:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) – an effective treatment model for a number of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, and healing from trauma
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – another effective treatment model for a number of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, and healing from trauma
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques
  • Psycho-education

My clinical work is informed, in part, by an integrative approach drawing on attachment theory, current neuroscience, and the interaction between mind and body.

Accepted Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI (BCBSRI)
  • United Healthcare
  • Sessions may be reimbursable as “out of network” for other insurance companies.

Clients may also choose to self-pay for treatment. Co-pays and self-pays are due at the time of the appointment and may be paid by cash or check. New client forms should be completed and brought to our first session, along with your insurance card (if using), and your driver’s license(