I offer a variety of services for sufferers, their loved ones, educators, employers, and other clinicians. I am happy to offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to help assess treatment options, offer guidance to family members, or discuss how I can help your school or workplace. If you have an idea, project, or program you are interested and don’t see it listed, please contact me and I’m happy to work with you to best meet your needs.
Diagnostic Evaluations – In order to provide quality, evidence-based treatment, it’s essential for a clinician to understand a person’s core struggles. Determining the root of the issues can be challenging at times, even for trained clinicians, which is why having an accurate evaluation by a specialist is crucial prior to starting treatment. Multiple tools aid in determining a person’s diagnosis, allowing for the collaborative development of a treatment plan. Diagnostic evaluations are available as the first step in treatment, or as a second opinion for people working with other providers.
Outpatient Therapy – For many people, traditional weekly therapy sessions are the most common first step in treating their distressing symptoms. Weekly sessions are typically 45-50 minutes and most often take place in an office setting. Working on challenging thoughts and changing behaviors for only an hour per week is unlikely to produce significant and lasting results. This is why doing work between sessions is critical. At the end of each session, we will discuss a homework plan for the upcoming week, with the goal of doing about an hour per day between sessions. For people who are unable to dedicate this much time to outside work between sessions, improvements are still possible, but they may occur at a slower pace or a less-significant degree.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment – There may be times anxiety or distressing symptoms impact a person’s life to the point of not being able to attend work or school, or function in normal routines. In these cases, some people opt for intensive treatment, which consists of treatment for a few hours per day, a few days each week. This option can jump-start treatment and assist with returning to one’s life in a short time span, after which treatment can be scaled back to shorter sessions or fewer sessions per week. Intensives are flexible in terms of the frequency and length of treatment, as well as the location for those who struggle to leave their homes.
In-Vivo – In treating anxiety disorders as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders, it’s important to expose oneself to triggers – such as a specific object, place, or situation – as part of treatment. At times, people may benefit from having sessions outside of an office setting. In-vivo means “in life,” and these exposures often have the greatest impact. In-vivo sessions can address most of the anxiety and related disorders. These exposures apply to specific phobias, such as driving over a bridge or going to a dog park; social anxiety, such as going to the mall and talking to a sales associate or having a meal at a restaurant and asking questions of the server; or OCD, such as using a public restroom or driving without circling back.
Home Visits – For some people, anxiety may be debilitating to the point of becoming home-bound, and unable to attend office visits. Home-based treatment allows for sufferers to get quality, evidenced-based treatment without taking the additional steps of venturing out of their comfort areas. The goal with most patients seeking home-based treatment is to work toward being able to participate in sessions in an office setting. Home-based therapy can also be beneficial to people with clutter issues or struggling with Hoarding Disorder, or it can help people with physical limitations that prevent them from participating in treatment in the office.
Professional Consultations – At times clinicians who do not specialize in treating anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or their related disorders might find themselves in a situation where additional information and guidance is beneficial. These can take place in-person or over the phone, and can include suggestions for a specific case, or general information about treatment. At this time, clinical supervision is unavailable.
Presentations & Workshops – Educational and skills development events can be beneficial in many settings. Whether it’s an office, school, religious organization, or community group, learning how to manage stress and anxiety with evidence-based practices can offer improved productivity, more understanding and compassion, and reduced distress. Presentations and workshops can be customized to meet the needs of attendees or the goals of the people requesting the program.