If you are Anxious or Depressed.  I'm the therapist for you.

I specialize in the treatment of Mood Disorders (Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder) and Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder using a Cognitive-Behavioral Approach.   

If you feel like you are in a constant state of stress, panic, or worry and consumed with sadness or despair then therapy can help you to identify underlying patterns that keep ​you stuck and give you the tools that you need to fight back--now and forever.  

I offer 100% Online Therapy services.





Why do I only offer Online Therapy?

Convenient

You can engage in services from a private location of your choosing (home, work, etc.). You also don’t have to worry about getting dressed and driving across town for an appointment. No more spending time in a waiting room when you can be done in an hour and back to your life. You don't have to find a babysitter, just put the kids to bed and take care of your needs.  Offering Online Therapy has allowed me to provide therapy safely during the pandemic as well given more people the opportunity to engage in my services, especially those working from home.

Effective

Online psychotherapy is just as effective as meeting with a therapist in an office. It is not a substitute for or Office-based therapy.

Flexible

You are not restricted to having to meet during traditional office hours (i.e. 8-5) or Monday through Friday only. I have evening appointments available which will make it more convenient for you and your family.

Accessible To All

Those of you who may have physical limitations and are home-bound can now engage in therapy services. Therapy services can also be provided to persons living in other countries. All you need is reliable internet connection and a computer, laptop, or tablet!

How Does It Work?

After your appointment is scheduled with me, I'll e-mail you a link to set up your client portal. You will be able to complete the intake paperwork prior to your first session, make payments, schedule and cancel your appointments. You can also send me secure messages. Your client portal can be accessed from any device at anytime you choose. A few minutes before your session, you'll simply click on a link to begin the session. We will have our therapy sessions on a secure connection to ensure your privacy.

Clinical Services Offered

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses, substance use, and emotional difficulties . Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing. During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. There are many types of psychotherapy approaches. Some examples include Reality Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy.  Another popular approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT includes other therapies i.e. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.  I use an eclectic approach to treatment which allows me to use different approaches to meet your unique needs.

I specialize in treating anxiety disorders and mood disorders, but I am also able to treat other common mental health concerns.  These may include:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Poor Self-Esteem and Self-Image
  • Improving Communication in Relationships
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Life Transitions (inc. Break-ups, Divorce, Separation, Moving, Job Changes, Mid-Life, and Empty Nest)

I offer Individual Psychotherapy to adults ages 18 and older as well as Family Psychotherapy using online video conferencing.


To learn more about psychotherapy techniques and what to expect click here https://www.healthline.com/health/psychotherapy.

To learn more about teletherapy click here  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/teletherapy#summary

Psychological Evaluations for Immigration

The immigration process and the transition from one country to another is often a stressful and scary experience. Navigating the US Immigration System can be overwhelming and anxiety provoking.

I provide Psychological Evaluations to assist individuals and families in their immigration journey. It is an honor to be able to provide one small piece that can help make the immigration process successful. 

Why Do I Need a Psychological Evaluation?

A psychological evaluation adds tremendous value to the immigration case. A comprehensive, expert evaluation conducted by a licensed mental health professional can be effectively used by your attorney to support your case and move forward with your immigration proceedings.

What Is a Psychological Evaluation?

A Psychological Evaluation, also referred to as a Forensics Affidavit, is a comprehensive clinical assessment that details any physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse experienced by someone seeking asylum in the United States.  Ninety-four percent (94%) of asylum seeker petitions are approved if submitted with a psychological evaluation. 

A Psychological Evaluation can help in articulating the persecution suffered by the individual and the effects said persecution have had on the individual.


What Type of Immigration Cases Benefit From A Psychological Evaluation?

There are several types of immigration petitions available for eligible individuals to come to the United States (asylees) or remain in the United States (refugees).  Petitions fall in four programs:  Non-Immigrant Visas, Employment Based Visas, Family Based Visas (most common), and Humanitarian Visas.  


Psychological Evaluations and reports are most beneficial when an attorney is petitioning for Humanitarian Visas/Protection.  Humanitarian Visas/Protection may include:

1.   Humanitarian Asylum

2.  Withholding of Removal

3.  Convention Against Torture

4.  U Visas, T Visas

5.  Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

5.  Special Immigrant Juveniles Status (SIJS)

6.  Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

7.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)



I've listed the cases that I typically provide Psychological Evaluations for:

1. EXTREME HARDSHIP CASES

In Extreme and Exceptional Hardship cases, a citizen of the United States, or a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States, is the spouse, fiancée, parent, or child of an individual who could be deported from the United States. The U.S. citizen applies for a waiver on the basis that deportation would result in an extreme and exceptional hardship.

The purpose of the psychological evaluation is to assess and explain the hardships that all the relevant family members would face if the waiver were not granted. The professional opinion rendered in a psychological evaluation greatly strengthens the case.

2. SPOUSAL ABUSE: VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

Despite the name of this act, the VAWA immigration provisions benefit both women and men. In spousal abuse cases, a woman or man from a foreign country marries a citizen or a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. After the marriage, the immigrant claims the presence of domestic abuse and seeks to file for legal status separately from their U.S. citizen spouse, usually because the U.S. citizen or LPR spouse does not assist his or her spouse in this process. The foreign national can file a VAWA petition even if the marriage ended in divorce, as long as there was a connection between the divorce and domestic violence and/or abuse. The abuse can take the form of verbal, physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse. .

3. U VISA

U Visa gives legal status to immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, who have been victims of serious crimes in the United States. Such crimes including, but are not limited to, sexual abuse, domestic violence, involuntary servitude, sexual exploitation, kidnapping, trafficking, and rape. With a U Visa, the immigrant may stay and work in the U.S. for up to four years. After three years, however, a victim with a U visa may apply for a green card. The goal of the psychological evaluation is to assess the extent of serious physical, mental, or emotional consequences of the experience. An applicant for a U Visa has to be willing to assist the police and/or District Attorney’s Office in the investigation and/or with the prosecution of the criminal.

4. POLITICAL ASYLUM

Applicants for political asylum often have been exposed to extreme deprivation, severe abuse, and even torture in their home country. Frequently, the mistreatment is associated with a political, religious, and/or ethnic persecution. At some point, the individual flees his or her country to the United States and files a Political Asylum claim.

The purpose of an immigration evaluation in asylum cases is to collect information about this mistreatment and to examine the psychological impact that these circumstances have had on the immigrant. It is most common that the individual has developed psychological problems as a result of the abuse, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), severe anxiety, and/or depression.

If your immigration case involves is political asylum, it is important to assess the extent and severity of your original trauma, whether you continue to suffer from psychological symptoms after your arrival in the U.S., and how long-lasting the psychological consequences could be. In addition to the legal aid you are receiving, the immigration evaluation can help you communicate and document the mental health aspects of your case.

Call me at (336) 920-3751 or e-mail me to schedule an appointment.

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