After operating a practice in Oregon for several years, I relocated to Maryland in 2020. I offer online services in both states.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD
By some counts, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. By practicing in many settings with many populations my professional experience encompasses a huge variety of depressions presentations and severities. I want to meet you wherever you are. Special interests of mine in this area are anhedonia, atypical depression, bipolar depression, and so-called "Treatment Resistant Depression". Everyone has a path to recovery, but some are less direct than others. Let's find yours.
Men's Issues is kind of a strange, blurry category that ranges from problems directly connected to having a male body on the one extreme to problems that are fairly typical of the human experience (while just happening to be male) on the other. Men often seek out my help in dealing with sexual performance related issues, feelings of jealousy/possessiveness/insecurity, electronic addictions, difficulty expressing emotions, and many varieties of anger and impulsivity.
As a sufferer of Inattentive-Type ADHD myself, I understand that oftentimes feelings of internalized self-judgement and obsolete coping skills can be just as painful as the symptoms of ADHD themselves. And often the stress of accumulated incomplete tasks can snowball into new problems that seem to have a life of their own. I have helped many adults of all ages untangle these knots and gain a greater sense of self-acceptance, forward progression, and calm in their lives.
My style of relationship counseling is collaborative and ecclectic. Some simply need a safe space to explore conflicts, safely express criticisms, or voice needs and having an impartial observer present can profoundly shift the dynamic. In other cases a more involved treatment plan is necessary to guide partners in self-work and growth, and in these cases I often find it helpful to do occasional individual sessions with each party in addition to couples sessions. I'm flexible.
Sometimes I wish that the acronym ACT stood for Allow Change Today. The concept of acceptance often gets a bad rap because people think it means just learning to put up with bad situations. But in this case what acceptance really means is learning to accept the unpleasant thoughts and feelings that inevitably accompany change. And commitment is about taking an honest inventory of what we would like to change and who we would like to be. ACT is about giving up on our excuses.
Humanistic theories of therapy generally mirror the basic techniques of therapy taught to all social workers during their master's program. In other words I strive to be client-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, and authentic. I try to blend pragmatism and warmth and adapt to your needs, even when that means some limited strategic self-disclosure or directive guidance when requested. But creating a safe and nourishing space is always a prerequisite to the use of other techniques.