What can I expect?
Not everyone who walks into my office has severe or even moderate mental health issues. There are times in life when you just need another person to talk to — someone who is non-judgmental, unbiased and can help negotiate challenging issues in a supportive, comfortable environment. Whether you are experiencing conflict with friends or family, or dealing with difficult work situations, sometimes the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Talking to someone who will help you to explore the pros and cons of different possible solutions can be reassuring and empowering.
Am I at risk?
“At risk” basically means that you may have a reduced ability to function adequately in day-to-day life. My role is to work with you and empower you to be the best that you are able to be.
“Mental health” describes the state of your thought processes and emotions that allows you to function in your family, community and society. Mental illness is a complex issue that manifests itself in many different ways. It can be systemic (originating out of family dynamics), situational, behavioral, chemical or a combination of all of these factors. People have their own ways of coping which are not always healthy. My role is to help you work through your issues and define your treatment needs and goals which are unique to you.
What is a substance abuse assessment?
A substance abuse assessment is a comprehensive tool that identifies the severity of a person’s drug use/abuse and makes recommendations about what type of treatment is appropriate.
I offer urine drug screens on site, and depending on the severity of an individual’s or your child’s use, I will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. This ranges from early intervention in my office (an eight-week individual therapy program) to a more intensive group-therapy program that I will refer you to.
What does dual diagnosis mean?
The term “dual diagnosis” refers to individuals who have both mental health issues and substance abuse addiction disorders. This can include — but is not exclusive to — depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders as well as personality disorders (only diagnosed after the age of 18).
Because I have an extensive background in working with both mental health issues and with substance abuse/dependence issues I am able to help you on your journey to recovery and living a healthier life.
Is family therapy beneficial?
Family therapy is often very helpful. Whether I’m working with your teenager or with you as an adult coming to my practice, I believe it is important to involve parents, spouses and siblings in the healing process, whether during sessions or as part of an indiviudal’s recovery support system.
A sense of belonging enables you to feel valued in your life. Our first connections in life are with our family, and if healthy connections are established, they allow us to flourish in the other relationships in our lives.