Along with running Cornerstones for Parents, I also have a private practice providing therapy to women and moms. I currently specialize in anxiety issues, work-life balance and parenting.
I am only licensed to provide therapy to clients who reside in Connecticut and I only offer remote (telehealth) therapy at this time. And while I work with clients of all faith backgrounds, many reach out to me because of a shared faith in Jesus.
Here are some questions you might have.
How do I know if I need therapy?
I see a lot of clients who have never been in therapy before. Many spent months wondering if what they are experiencing is “normal.” Historically, the Christian church has not done a great job of supporting those struggling with mental health. One of the biggest barriers is helping clients see that faith can co-exist with doubt, fear, anxiety, depression and a whole host of other issues. Overcoming that hurdle is often the first step.
I truly believe that anyone can benefit from therapy. Life is hard. Jesus said it would be (John 16:33). In this fractured, individualistic society, many people feel lonely and un-supported. Therapy is a way to offer you the support you need and give you a plan for creating the fellowship and community you were designed for. I also offer clients a number of tools and skills that are readily implemented. Sometimes we just need a few extra tools in our tool belts to manage what life sends our way.
Others may be struggling with more significant issues such as clinical depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Seeking out a professional well versed in your area of struggle can be the first step to healing. I am always careful to work within the scope of my training and am clear with clients if I feel that their needs would be served by a different provider.
A litmus test question for those considering therapy would be, “Is this current struggle getting in the way of me enjoying a full and meaningful life?” If your answer is yes, it’s time to make that call.
You can search for therapists in your area through Psychology Today. You can filter by insurance company, issues explored and even faith background. It may take a couple of tries to find the right fit, but it will be worth it. You are worth it.
What is therapy like?
Every therapist has a different style. It’s not like going to the doctor for an ear infection where it really doesn’t matter what the provider is like – they will likely all give you an antibiotic.
Therapy is more complex. You will need to feel comfortable with your therapist and that can take time. Many therapists offer an initial consultation where you can talk for a brief period of time to get a sense of each other.
Sessions for outpatient therapy usually occur on a weekly basis for 45-60 minutes (depending on your provider’s schedule and approach). Some therapists are directive, some are more client-led. Some are a combination of both. There are a number of models of therapy and you can learn more about them here. Finding someone with an approach and style that works for you is very important.
My approach is a combination of directive (more so at the outset of the therapeutic relationships) and client-led. I like to help clients stay focused on their own goals for therapy because, in my opinion, therapy is a support, not a life-style. Helping clients create a path toward healing that includes an increased ability to withstand the ups and downs of life is always my aim. For some that can be just a few sessions, for others it can be a year or more.
You can learn more about my approach to working with clients here.
Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about me and my private practice on my counseling website:
There you will find more detailed information about rates, insurance, my thoughts on the intersection of faith and mental health, and see if I have openings for new clients.
And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.