I provide psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and provide a cost sliding-scale to help make counseling affordable to people without insurance.
My orientation is Integrative Counseling. "Integrative" means that I assist you in integrating your feelings, thoughts, behavior and physical sensations.
"Integrative" also means that my perspective is informed by several theories and practices: psychodynamic, developmental, Mindfulness, and EMDR. My approach is client-centered.
I work with children age 6 to 12. I began working with children in 1986 using different tyepes of play including Sand Play, Play therapy and Drama Therapy.
I integrate cognitive-behavior therapy with play therapy. I work with children individually and in groups, and work in partnership with parents.
I've worked extensively with adolescents. Adolescents sometimes prefer talk therapy, due to the normal self-concious tendency at this developmental stage. However, I can integrate art methods of self expression, which some young people prefer. Many young people like to learn to relax and to regulate their emotions through yoga and forms of Mindfulness practice.
My assessment involves some history taking and talking with the young person, during which we explore the approach to counseling that will be most effective and acceptable to the young person.
A sigificant focus of my private practice are adults, including young adults in their twenties and thirties. People are often seeking, or exploring the possibility of counseling because they are having a difficulty with a personal relationship or with finding satisfaction in others areas of their life such as work and social connections. These experiences can be filtered through a lens of depression, anger, anxiety or isolation. My approach is Integrative Counseling, drawing on my background and training in psychotherapy, mindfulness, and EMDR, when appropriate.
My office in Durham is conveniently located by South Square Mall off 15-501.
Enter via the street called Westgate Drive, accross from South Square Mall. Look for brick markers on either side of the road. Go up the hill and turn left into the parking lot and you will see building 500. Ring the doorbell outside Suite 504 at Health Touch.
I look forward to seeing you!
Location in Chapel Hill
From I-40 take exit 270
(Rt. 15-501 South to Chapel Hill)
Proceed South to Chapel Hill for 1.3 miles (through 6 stoplights).
At the 6th stoplight, Erwin Road, turn right. Immediately turn left on to Dobbins Road (in front of Residence Inn).
Proceed .5 miles and turn right into the 3rd and last entrance to Franklin Square. Park at the end of the parking lot and my office is in the last unit of the last building. You will see rocking chairs on the porch.