Methods or Techniques used
I provide cross cultural counseling for individuals, couples and groups. I use an eclectic approach to counseling, drawing from a wide range of therapeutic techniques, in order to address the systemic and developmental needs of my clients. My approach is based on the assumption that people have strengths and resources for their own empowerment. A few of the therapeutic models I draw from are Family Systems Therapy, Person-Centered Psychotherapy, Humanistic Psychology, Motivational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, and Reality therapy.
For more information on these models go to www.goodtherapy.org and click on therapy models in the site navigator.
Education, Training and Experience:
I received my Doctorate from South Western University and both my Master’s and bachelo's degree from Boston College, in counseling psychology and counseling education, with an emphasis on cross cultural counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) , as well as a Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC), I have worked in the non-profit sector focusing on a wide range of issues such as Alcohol and Drug abuse/Addiction, Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment disorders. Some of my most rewarding work has been with young people and parents. I have also gained a wide range of experience counseling people from divers’ cultural background. I am constantly seeking out and participating in workshops, and training, which further my growth and nourish my life as an individual, community member, and mental health therapist. I feel that it is part of my job to continue to learn and grow so that I can serve my clients to the best of my ability.
Fee Information and Cancellation Policy
My fee of $150 is payable at the end of every fifty minute session. If you must cancel your appointment please contact me during office hours, at least 24 hours in advance. This ensures I can see other clients in the opening and can plan accordingly. You will be responsible for the fee when cancellations are received less than 24 hours in advance. The only exception to this is medical emergencies.
Regular therapy appointments are 50 minutes in length. Longer appointments can be arranged. If you arrive late for an appointment, we will still conclude the session at the scheduled time. Personal checks and cash are accepted, no credit cards/debit cards accepted at this time. (there will be a $25.00 fee for returned checks).
Limits of Confidentiality
Within certain limits, information revealed by you during treatment will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to any other person or agency without your written permission.
The following are exceptions:
With your written consent (or in the case of death or disability, your personal representative, other person authorized to sue, or the beneficiary of a life insurance policy on your life, health or physical condition.);
If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you are in such mental or emotional condition as to be dangerous to yourself or to the person or property of others, and if I determine that disclosure is necessary to prevent the threatened danger.
If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you tell me of a serious threat (imminent) of physical violence to be committed by you against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims.
If disclosure is compelled by the Massachusetts State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (for example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect).
If disclosure is compelled by the Massachusetts State Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting Law (for example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of elder abuse or dependent adult abuse).
You waive this privilege by bringing charges against me.
If disclosure is compelled by a search warrant lawfully issued to a governmental law enforcement agency.
I may inform you of my actions although law does not require notice to you.
You have the right to choose a counselor who bests suits your needs and purposes.
You have the right to:
Decide whether or not to receive therapeutic counseling from me. Names of other qualified professionals can will be provided upon request.
Know the course of treatment and my preferred treatment methods. Please ask if you have any questions.
End therapy at any time without any legal or moral obligation. You MUST notify me if you wish to end our therapeutic relationship, in person, by phone, or by letter.
Review your records, or request in writing that no records be kept except the minimal identification information.