My approach to therapy is direct. This means that I frequently give feedback and suggestions. My approach is a good fit if you are looking for someone who can help you focus on priorities, get you unstuck by overcoming the issues that are keeping you from thriving in your intimate relationship. I believe that learning about your past is important in order to gain insight into your present expression of anger. I examine both partners' pattern of anger and I collect their background information to help me decipher why each partner still has underlying anger and/or repressed rage. I often find that one or both partners were exposed to past traumas when I explore their past. In therapy, I focus on the here and now so that you can make your tomorrow a bit better; but I can also point out why your past is tripping you up in your present life. When you work with me, you should expect someone who will help you not only set goals for yourself, but will also teach you how to turn your goals into a reality. Expect quicker results because my sessions are longer than most. I never book back to back so a sixty minute session can actually become a ninety minute session for individual clients. All couples and family sessions are referred to as "A Marathon" because I work with couples in what I refer to as "My Marriage Marathon" and when working with engaged couples, I refer to their therapy as "My Premarital Marathon" and "My Marathon for Committed Couples" are for unmarried couples. My marathon sessions take anywhere between 2-6 hours & there is a two hour minimum. We continue until we all feel the session has been completed. Couples only pay for the hours they use.
My area of expertise include premarital/couples/family therapy/substance abuse therapy along with individuals treatment for patients suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood & personality disorders. I am also an expert in "Early Childhood Development & Effective Parenting" so I give advice to parents who are having a hard time dealing with children who have a difficult temperament. I also teach couples how to be romantic and how to achieve "true intimacy" on an emotional and physical level. Last but not least, I help people realize that they have "S.U.D." Best treatments available are discussed and a big piece is edu I give a free 5-10 minute free phone consultation before accepting new couples and/or new patients. I can tell who I can help and who I can not. I only accept new couples and clients if I feel their personality will mesh well with mine.
I tell the truth from my perspective and it may be a bit too blunt for everyone.
For Couples/marriage/ premarital/ and family sessions, they are never less than 2 hours. After listening to your reasons for seeking out therapy at this time and me asking you some relevant questions, I will decide whether or not I am the right therapist for you. I never know how many hours to block off for a couples, marriage, family session, but I block out six hours for a marathon session. I have to keep to my word but I allow the couple to decide when to stop the session after they completed the two hour minimum. I only conduct "in person sessions" and due to Covid, I distance the couple six feet away from me. I offer everyone a free phone consultation to explain all the details and what we cover during a marathon session. All questions are welcomed when you call for your free phone consultation. Premarital, Marriage Counseling, Couples Counseling is not covered by any insurance company. My prices are more than fair. I also help people who come to me individually with insurances that require a copay. We can usually come to an agreement on their fee. For people on Medicaid or others who have no copay,I give them my student fee and if they are not willing to pay something out of pocket, then I am not the best choice. I still offer a free consultation to everyone who calls me. My therapy is more like taking a college course on: "How to improve emotional and physical intimacy in a marriage that is not fulfilling." I teach you both skills and techniques so that you can avoid a difficult divorce and/or an ugly breakup. I can teach you how to divorce the bad parts of your relationship/marriage but not each other. I teach you how to create an emotional bank account and help both of you to develop a fulfilling relationship where you want to welcome one another at the end of your day with a loving embrace and a 6 second kiss without faking it. I can teach you all of this and much m ore if you come to 'My Marriage Marathon or any other marathon session.
I put as much effort into my individual patients as I do with my marathon sessions. The time allotted is much less and most insurance companies cover a 45-60 minute session. I do not take insurance and my individual therapy is always sixty minutes and because I never book back to back, individual patients can also stay for a ninety minute session.