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Why You May Be Here

You may be suffering. You may be struggling in your relationship with others or your relationship with yourself. You may want to explore your past or envision a different future. You may not even know what’s wrong. Let’s talk about it, getting to know you in a new way and supporting you to move towards health and satisfaction. It’s never too early or too late to try to change and you shouldn’t have to struggle alone.

How A Psychologist Can Help You

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

Therapy can provide a safe and supportive place for people to heal from many different issues including childhood traumas, abuse, loss, and mental health concerns like depression and anxiety. It can also support you with major life transition, grief, or relationship problems. As a therapist, I can also help you with the way you feel about yourself: insecurities, self-doubt, or self-loathing.

It is my belief that while your current issues are contributing to your current distress, it is unlikely that they are completely separate from other experiences you’ve had throughout your life. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidenced-based treatment approach that focuses on experiencing emotions, being known in relationships, and developing insight of past experiences. While a goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is symptom reduction, the work prioritizes increased self-understanding, emotional capacity, satisfaction in relationships, integrated sense of self, and psychological strengths. While I have been trained in many theoretical orientations (e.g., DBT, EFT, & CBT), I primarily utilize psychodynamic theory and interventions because this approach has facilitated the greatest and longest-lasting change in my experiences as a therapist.

Couples Therapy

Many people seek therapy as a couple to reduce conflict, improve communication, improve sexual relations, or heal from past relational dynamics. I believe any relationship can benefit from counseling and while many couples do come to therapy in crisis, other couples choose to seek help before things escalate in the effort to deepen their connection or facilitate greater quality of life.

My approach to couples therapy focuses on creating safety, facilitating healing, and teaching skills so that both partners can authentically be themselves within the relationship. Practically, this looks like being able to talk about one’s feeling and thoughts with a partner who can listen without judgment or conditional support. It is also looks like managing conflict, dissatisfactions, incompatibilities, and hurt in a manner that does not threaten the commitment of the relationship. My work as a couples therapist incorporates the research from The Gottman Institute, Emotion Focused Therapy, Imago Therapy, and psychodynamic theory. I work with couples of any gender, sexual orientation, or relationship status. I provide premarital counseling and marital therapy.

Psychological Assessment

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I offer assessment services for personality, mood, psycho-educational, and cognitive issues. This means that I am trained to conduct interviews, administer norm-referenced tests, interpret the results, diagnose disorders from the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition), and provide written and verbal feedback of the findings. Referrals for testing come directly from the client themselves, from parents of teenagers or college students, or from other mental health professionals who may need help with a particular client on their caseload.

Common referral questions include diagnostic clarification for:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

  • Learning Disabilities (mathematics, writing, reading)

  • Anxiety (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobia)

  • Depression (seasonal affective disorder or SAD, persistent depression or dysthymia)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Common referral questions also include help with recommendations for:

  • Avoidant behavior

  • Strange or unclear symptoms

  • Dissociation

  • Low motivation

  • School refusal

When I first started going to counseling, I was nervous and guarded. I didn’t know what to expect and I feared judgement. Carly was very kind and unassuming when we met. As I found myself opening up, her approach allowed me to dive deeper into a scenario/topic. I valued my time with Carly and found her to be a wonderful and life-altering individual who has positively affected me. I will be forever grateful to Carly and her help.
— Former female client

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