I've been at this 'labor of love' for decades. And, over time as my experiences - both positive and not-so-positive - added up, I cultivated the values most important to creating a safe, helpful space for my clients.
My Code of Ethics certainly helps guide me. As a professional social worker, I practice the following six core principles:
Each of these core principles guides the Code's standards. Some of the most important standards include:
In addition, the principle of practice competence, which includes continuing education, are near and dear to me. One of the reasons I love my career is that it allows me to continually challenge myself through learning and growth.
I welcome you to experience the joy and excitement of working with me!
Part of working respectfully with my clients is a respect for time. Today's busy schedules favor video therapy, for those willing to use this effective, research-approved process.
Many if not most therapy concerns are safely able to be addressed in video therapy.
Most of my clients are smart, caring, busy people who find video counseling convenient to access and benefit from, saving them time, energy and money too. For those with physical obstacles, due to aging or illness, being able to complete sessions on the phone or video with me has been a lifesaver for them, literally.
From the beginning and, throughout our working relationship, we will stay true to a results-oriented focus. But I will never rush you. As important it is in setting and reaching tangible goals, the intangible benefits of having a therapeutic relationship are indeed precious.
Each person's definition of results is unique and I will help you set goals that are realistic and achievable. Having a positive therapy relationship in your life can make the difference between surviving and living very well.
I've been working on my own now for a few years. Solo practice has allowed me to focus more fully on my clients without distraction.
I've been licensed to practice independently since 1994. I've worked both in Maryland and Florida. Most of my success and interest has been providing outpatient services to adults.
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When I look back on it now, it's no accident I became a psychotherapist. When I was younger, I didn't know what "I wanted to do when I grew up" but it still all worked out.
I am thankful I had the courage to resist the pressure to prematurely decide on a career that wouldn't have sustained me or would have not made me so happy.
For those of you with children who are young adults, do not despair if your teenager or young adult still seems to not know. Give them the space, time, support and structure to find their way.
So I became an adult in the late 1970's when coming out as gay wasn't so much fun. Well, at least I felt enough courage and support to do so. I've met one too many person older than me scarred by staying untrue to themselves for too long.
I was fortunate enough to find my center career-wise by my mid-20's and my career blossomed quickly after then.
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