People enter therapy for different reasons and with different goals. Therapy can be short-term or long-term, depending on the individual's preferences and circumstances. It offers a safe space to pause, experience, and examine areas in which one may wish to find better understanding and possibilities for change and growth. Depending on the individual's needs, he or she may seek therapy independently or in combination with medication treatment with a qualified professional such as a psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist.
I offer individual therapy both in-person and online via a secure and HIPAA-compliant video platform. Since I hold license in New York and California, teletherapy is available to those residing in either state. Many insurance companies cover teletherapy. Please check with your insurance provider.
Couples include romantic partners that are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, exploring, and those who find these categories to be too dualistic or limiting. Couples may live together or separately. Relationships can be monogamous or polyamorous. Some couples are prompted to enter therapy because of specific issues (such as communication, sex, infidelity, parenting, infertility, illness, addiction) or major life decisions (such as relocation or whether to have children), while others may struggle with a general sense of unfulfillment from a relationship. Therapy helps to examine the past and current relational patterns, offer support and skills that foster openness, and create a healthy balance between individual space and a couple's connection. For a couple whose relationship seems to be at the brink, therapy offers a space to determine if the relationship is salvageable, then to work on repair if both parties are willing, or to work on the ending process and examine the important lessons learned from that relationship. If there are children in the family, the transition is almost always difficult for all parties involved. Therapy can help ensure a co-parenting arrangement that is amicable, reasonable, and best for the children.
Families include biological families and chosen families. Members may live together or separately. Some families consist of children, while others consist of adults only. The premise behind family therapy is that problems arising from the family are best addressed when all parties are involved. Family therapy helps to examine how different aspects of the family system inter-influence one another. For example, how the addition of a new child may influence the parents' relationship with each other, and how the parents' past and current relational dynamics may influence each party's connection with the child. As "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," family therapy focuses on accessing not only each member's individual resilience but also their strength as a family.
A note on confidentiality
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all client/therapist communications. No information can be disclosed without prior permission from the client, not even to a family member. However, there are some exceptions as required by the law: