Tele Counseling

If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, it’s possible for me to provide psychotherapy services to you after an initial meeting in my office. I use Zoom to meet with you through your computer. It is secure and HIPAA compliant. However, this option may not be available for certain mental health disorders.

I am ready to help you whether it is an individual meeting or you wish to bring others into a psychotherapy session or consultation (delete because it’s important to NOT combine psychotherapy with consulting).  Technology allows us to meet from the comfort of your home or office.

Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania  and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

I stopped pulling out my hair in 1989.  I have been helping children, teens and adults stop pulling hair and picking skin since 1994 when I became a licensed professional counselor.  Trichotillomania and dermatillomania are body focused repetitive behaviors. They regulate emotions and help to soothe when we are  upset, overwhelmed, bored or stressed.  I consider pulling and picking to be addictions.  The treatment is completely difference from obsessive compulsive disorders.  Healing from an addiction is work. It can be done. I can teach you strategies intended to help you let go of the urges and counseling for the shame and depression and family stress that come with trich and picking.  I can teach your loved ones or parents how they can help you so anger and frustration are removed.  For the most up to date information go to www.bfrb.org

Here is a video that you may find helpful.  I also have an app available in all app stores for both iPhone and Androids. Click here for more information on my app.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

have many subtypes from mental to behavioral compulsions to avoiding situations that trigger OCD.        I am a graduate of the first Behavior Therapy Institute in 1996 from the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Foundation, IOCDF. I know exposure and response prevention.  I have treated 1000’s of individuals and families with trichotillomania, dermatillomania and OCD.  I started the local affiliate for the IOCDF in Pittsburgh in 2000. Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.  I also recommend visiting Beyond OCD.org for a wealth of information.

Trauma and PTSD

 

Sexual Abuse, Molestation, Rape, IncestTrauma happens when one experiences a horrific event. This would be the death of a loved one, serving in the military, an abusive relationship, a car or plane crash or a horrific event with many people.  The body and mind immediately goes into fight, flight or freeze.  If trauma is not released it can become PTSD. This is when the nervous system is stuck in the shock of the trauma.  The body and nervous system cannot release the shock.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), aka tapping, uses the ancient Chinese meridian system with a gentle tapping procedure which stimulates designated meridian end points on the face and body while focusing on issues of emotional intensity with the intention to release the intensity of the trauma. Talk therapy can be helpful in the beginning but is not enough.  Research shows that EFT reduces cortisol, the stress hormone and calms the amygdala in the brain.Traumas can also be inherited from generation to generation.   Although I can’t provide any guarantees, I can assist you in releasing the trauma and PTSD and return to living life.