206 N. Adams Street
Rockville, MD 20850
There was a time before the internet when you would get a confidential referral to a counselor from a trusted friend or doctor. The referral came with an endorsement that gave you confidence about seeking qualified help. Many people still do come to me this way, but others rely on the internet and do extensive research prior to making a selection.
Internet advertising provides a wonderful way to get important questions answered. This site lists the counselor’s office location, years of experience, degrees, training, specialties, and approaches. What it cannot do, is tell you about how you will feel once you are in the office and working on your problems. Research demonstrates that the relationship between the counselor and client is the single most important factor in determining treatment success and patient satisfaction.
Knowing how true this is, I encourage you to call me so we can discuss your needs and give you a chance to ask questions. It will give you a means to connect and get a sense of who I am before scheduling an appointment. I recognize how hard and anxiety provoking this counselor selection process is for most people.
If you are seeking marital or couples counseling, we will decide during the telephone consultation whether the couple should come to the first session together or whether it would be best to meet separately beforehand.
|Practice Specialties or Interests:
in bold text)
Marriage and Couples Counseling/Imago
Imago Relationship Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapist Certification
|Additional Licenses/ Certifications:
||Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
EMDR Clinical Training
|Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland (LCPCM)|
|National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)|
|American Mental Health Counselors Association|
|Mid-Atlantic Association of Imago Therapists|
||Individual Session (60 minutes) - $140
Couples/Family Session (60 minutes) - $150
Extended Couples Session (90 minutes) $210
|Insurance and Billing Instructions:
||Clients pay in full each session. Monthly bills are mailed to clients to submit to insurance companies for direct reimbursement. Credit cards are accepted.
Driving from I-270 north of Rockville
Take Exit 6 (Route 28) and go east on W. Montgomery Avenue to Rockville.
Turn left at 2nd light, to continue on W. Montgomery Avenue.
Turn left onto N. Washington Street.
Turn left onto N. Adams Street.
Turn left into first driveway for parking.
From (Rte. 355/Hungerford Dr.)
Turn onto N. Washington Street.
Turn Right onto N.Adams Street.
Located one short block from Town Center.
First Individual Session ( 60-90 minutes): $140 - $210
At the first session, we will focus on understanding why you are coming for help now, what you are hoping to achieve through counseling, and how you will be able to recognize when your goals are accomplished. As we talk, I will begin to gather relevant information about you from your present situation as well as from previous life experiences. You will be able to gauge your comfort level with me and experience my counseling style. I want clients to leave the first session with some new ideas or ways of thinking and with renewed energy and some hope that things can change. When this happens, people feel better and experience relief.
If you come to the first Continuing Individual Treatment Sessions (60 minutes): $140
The pace of our sessions is based upon your comfort level. Whether we tackle issues quickly or take more time is up to you. I am able to draw upon my many years of experience and training in multiple approaches to provide you with the help that will work best for you. The frequency of sessions depends on many factors that we will discuss.
session in crisis, we will deal directly with the crisis, with particular attention to problem-solving, managing emotions, and taking whatever actions are necessary.
Marriage and Couples Relationship Counseling
Couples Sessions (60 minutes): $150
(90 minutes): $210
During the first session, couples are able to share their perspectives regarding the marriage or relationship, how they feel about themselves and each other, and what they hope to accomplish through counseling. If time allows, we discuss relationships from an Imago counseling perspective and couples begin to learn and experience a dialogue process to communicate with each other in a more effective, validating, and meaningful manner. A huge difference between Imago Relationship Counseling and other techniques is that couples communicate in the session directly with each other rather than through the therapist. Some of my responsibilities as a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, are to help each partner do this dialogue, to facilitate and deepen the communication process, guide direction, and maintain an open, accepting and safe place for couples to do this work. As couples improve their relationships they also experience individual growth and healing.
I am flexible regarding the length of sessions and how often we meet, depending upon each couple’s needs and situation. In order to experience the benefits of counseling and the changes it produces, I suggest that couples commit to at least six one hour sessions or four 90 minute sessions.
Eye Movement Desentization Response (EMDR):
Over the past few years, I trained in EMDR and use it selectively with clients. This is a unique and very effective method of treating recent and past traumas, both big and small. It was first developed in the 90’s and is now used extensively by the military for soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder. I provide this treatment to clients who know about it and are specifically requesting this approach. Many private therapists, including myself, offer EMDR treatment to resolve developmental experiences that were very hurtful and to help clients with current difficult experiences that continue to be emotionally problematic.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault/Abuse:
In the first decade of my career as a therapist, I specialized in serving women who had been survivors of past child sexual abuse and those who were victimized more recently as adults. As a therapist for Montgomery County at that time, I was fortunate to be able to help develop the initial programs for sexual assault and domestic violence victims while also serving as a therapist. Clients especially value my knowledge and understanding of the legal system and laws related to these crimes, as well as, my continued commitment to helping those who have been subjected to it.
| Additional Information
|Years in Practice: Over 30|
|Accepting New Clients: Yes|
|Sliding Fee Scale: No|
|Prescribe Medication: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|
|Public Transportation: Yes|