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Did you have a difficult past that you just can't seem to shake?
Do you spend too much time arguing in your relationship?
Did you have a recent trauma - like rape, abuse, car accident, death in the family, etc. - that you can't seem to "get over"?
Do you just feel generally down and want to feel better?
Do you have goals that you can't reach because you just can't seem to get motivated?
Therapy can help with all of these things...and more.
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The dragonfly reminds us to embrace change...living life to its fullest. It leaves the underwater world it has called home for years to live at the whim of the winds in its brief time as a beautiful flying being.
Therapy, like life, is a journey. Life is full of many feelings -- fear, hope, joy, sadness, love, rage -- many of which happen simultaneously and many of which can be confusing or scary. I work with people to broaden their awareness of themselves and their feelings, both conscious and unconscious.
Therapy, also like life, needs practical solutions. I work to not only help each client be less judgmental and more aware, but also to bring practical solutions and tools into life. I understand that you are coming to therapy not just to gain insights, but also to make changes in your life.
I advocate for a lifestyle of awareness, of simply noticing what your emotions and thoughts are in any given moment. I also provide a model for ways that clients can be less judgmental with themselves, learning to love and accept who they are.
Therapy is a place where, hopefully, a client can bring all of his or her experiences, from the most painful to the most joyous. Therapy can be a place to work on relationships, personal growth, goals and dreams, anxiety and depression, rage, grief, and even joy. Therapy is also a place to work on issues relating to sexuality, food, addictions, and spirituality.
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I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, LCM559, in Towson, Maryland. I graduated from John F Kennedy University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and I also hold a Masters degree from Yale University.
I work at The Counseling Center (www.towsoncounselingcenter.com) near downtown Towson, and am passionate about my work with individuals, couples, and adolescents.
I use a variety of modalities to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and make long-awaited changes in their lives. I work primarily from a relational model, though I also incorporate a body-centered and experiential style. I also work with my clients on past issues; by connecting one's past to one's present, insights can be gained and wounds can be healed. I believe that my clients hold the keys to their own healing and understanding, and I work to be a guide and mirror as my clients embark on their journeys of healing and growth And in addition to new insights, I help guide clients to transform their new understandings of themselves into practical changes and life adjustments.
Last, but definitely not least, I specialize in trauma, grief, and loss, and I am a Certified EMDR provider and Approved EMDR Consultant.
Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.
Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Silent Noon
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self-realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
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My office is located at 602 Providence Road in Towson, just off of Joppa Road. I can be reached at 410.583.7443 or 410.442.6758.
Because I work from a relational model, I believe deeply in the importance of the match between the client and therapist. I encourage anyone who is considering therapy to schedule an appointment to see if I may be the right fit for you.
My fee is $160 per session. Some insurance plans will reimburse for my services; I would be happy to talk to you further if this is a concern for you.
YOUR LIFE, CHANGED.
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
Dragonflies begin their lives in water, and then move to the air as they grow. They break through the iridescent glow of the water's edge, and they are changed forever. The dragonfly, therefore, symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit one's growing and changing.
Therapy can be helpful as one begins to grow and change. At the beginning, sometimes people can only see a glow of hope, and sometimes they're so deep in the depths of the water that they cannot even see the water's edge. My belief is that therapy can be a place where a person can move toward the water's edge, and then break through into a new life that is full of light and life.