First sessions should really focus developing a relationship with one other. I am likely to ask a lot of questions about you, what you are looking for in therapy, and answering any questions or concerns you may have. We will also discuss expectations of therapy.
Access to therapy is one of the biggest barriers for people seeking care. Therapy can be hard to afford, it can be tough to find a therapist that has availability and the right personality, and it can be stressful starting the therapy journey if you haven’t ever gone to talk to someone.
I tend to be a very warm and inviting person. My therapy style is what I’ve causally referred to as “couch therapy.” I want people to feel welcome, respected, and heard. Just like someone might feel in their own living room, sitting on their couch.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Drug addiction & abuse
Dependence on particular substance or inability to control impulses in relation to drug or alcohol use. Withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced in absence of the substance.
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors that cause problems in school, at home, and in social situations. Can include hyperactivity, impulsivity, defiant behavior, chronic patterns of aggression, defiance, disruption, and/or hostility.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
PA, LPC, PC012482
Doctorate of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Carlow University
Masters of Science, Professional Counseling, Carlow University
I am a licensed counselor in Pennsylvania with over 8 years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked with clients with a widerange of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, legal issues, substance abuse, and sexual concerns . I have also helped many people who have experienced depression, anxiety, and general life issues.
Carson, Pittsburgh, 15203, PA