About My Practice:
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who is part of a group practice called Optima. I have a general psychotherapy practice working with children, adults, families and couples.
Education and Work Experience:
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College in 1979. I also received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Vermont in 1984. For some 20 years I have provided speech-language services to children, adults and groups in the public schools, at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Baird Center and at the University of Vermont. I am an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication Sciences program at UVM where I continue to teach a course each year.
In 2001, I realized I was becoming more interested in the stories, resistance and issues of some of my speech-language clients and families. I was also interested in parenting issues and behavior management due to my work at the Baird Center and my own experience parenting two daughters. I decided to return part-time to school and earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling in 2006. My degree in Counseling helped to augment and inform the way I work with clients and families.
My direct clinical training included two years of internship and one and a half years as a Triage Counselor at the UVM Counseling Center. I provided counseling to students for anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and led groups, such as the Mindfulness for Living Group, Grief and Loss, and a Support Group for Students with Disabilities. I continue to include work on mindfulness with many of my clients. I have also worked as a Substitute Crisis Clinician with HowardCenter’s Mobile Crisis Team for over two years, and as Counselor/Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at Champlain College for one semester in 2008. I feel my counseling skills are enriched by over 20 years of experience as a therapist working with children, adolescents, adults and families with challenges associated with a communication disorder.
How we would work together:
I practice from primarily narrative, cognitive-behavioral/Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, existential and family systems theoretical perspectives. We might look at how ways of thinking affect your feelings and behavior. We also might explore what your functioning is in the context of your family system and personal or work relationships and whether that is optimal or not. People who consult with me often have a problem that is negatively affecting their life. This problem can result in ways of thinking or acting that are not preferable, or that negatively affects relationships with others. I invite you to explore talents, strengths, and abilities – most often seen in stories that you tell about yourself or that others tell about you – that have been overshadowed by the problem story. Together, we re-discover your preferred experiences in your life, and your hopes, dreams and wishes. Retelling these experiences and stories, and discussing strategies for change often helps clients uncover ways to overcome the problem and live a happier life.
Individuals who consult with me are often challenged by these issues:
- parenting issues
- communication and relationship issues
- chronic illness
- disabilities (as well as ADHD, LD, communication disorders, Aspergers, TBI, etc.)
- grief /loss.
I see clients in individual, couples or family therapy. I also do Distance Counseling via SecureVideo. When my client is a child or someone who is developmentally delayed, I find it important to involve the parents, guardians or case managers/workers closely in the treatment process. I am interested in forming a collaborative relationship with my clients in which we together decide the goals and length of treatment.
Appointments and Fees:
My fee for a therapy session is $125.00 as of July 15,2012. I take the following insurances at this time: BC/BS, MVP, Medicaid, Green Mountain Care, UVM Student Health, Coventry/First Health/Aetna, Cigna, UBH (summer 2012) and I am out of network for most other insurances. I do have a sliding fee scale for those who do not want to use insurance or do not have insurance. Payment is expected when services are rendered at each visit so please know and bring your copay to each appointment. It is your responsibility to know your insurance deductible (if any) and copay amount.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. To schedule, cancel or change an appointment, please contact me at 802-734-0777 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-four hours notice is required to cancel or change an appointment.
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