Frequently Asked Questions

Do you specialize in particular kinds of patients?
I treat all kinds of people, of all ages and backgrounds, dealing with all kinds of problems. My only “specialty” is my refusal to categorize or stereotype people, and to accept every individual as unique.

Do you belong to any particular “school” of psychotherapy?
My training is primarily in psychodynamic therapy. For more about what that means, see My approach.

What do your degrees mean?
My MA degree is a graduate degree in clinical social work, a broad-based training that covers the psychological, neurological, and social systems that affect human interactions.

The PhD is the most advanced degree in this field – something I decided to do to become more skilled in both applied and theoretical aspects of therapy.

The LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) means I’ve passed an exam, completed a certain amount of work under supervision, have been licensed by the state, and take part in continuing education to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.

How confidential are our conversations?
The content of what we talk about is strictly confidential and is protected by HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Sometimes it may be appropriate to collaborate with a client’s physicians, teachers, or other therapists. I do this only with your written permission.

How often will I see you?
That depends on you. Some clients come once a week, others more often. The continuity and intensity of therapy are greater if you come more often.

I’m having trouble with my relationship. Should I come in alone or with my partner?
It’s helpful for you and your partner to come together, so that no one feels like the therapist is “taking sides.” But if your partner isn’t willing to come, don’t let that stop you. We can accomplish a lot working one-on-one.

My kid is struggling and I don’t know how to help. Is therapy an option?
It may be. Sometimes it’s not clear whether the problems stem from the child, the parent, another family member, or outside circumstances. I can make an assessment and help you sort that out.

I’m taking an anti-depressant. How would psychotherapy help?
While anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications can relieve symptoms, psychotherapy addresses the long-term causes and effects of those symptoms. Medications and therapy can work well together for some people.

How do I set up an appointment?
You can call or e-mail me and leave a phone number where I can reach you. I’ll usually call you back within a day.

I’d really like to get started soon. How long before I can get an appointment?
I can usually arrange an appointment within a week or so.

Do you have weekend or evening hours?
I see clients in my Evanston office on most weekdays and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hours in my Loop office are more limited and don’t include evenings. I do not have weekend hours.

Is your office wheelchair accessible?
Yes, both offices are fully accessible.