Counseling with Adults

The Process

When working with adults, my style is fairly interactive. My aim is to create a good connection that allows clients to feel safe and comfortable enough with the process of exporing issues, planning for successful resolution or accomplishment and the work of moving forward towards change and/or healing. 

Coaching, counseling, and psychotherapy can result in a number of benefits, including reaching goals, improving interpersonal relationships, emotional healing and resolution of the specific concerns that lead clients to seek my services. Working towards these benefits requires specific commitments on the client’s part. Those commitments include active involvement, honesty, openness, co-creating our working relationship and a willingness to stretch beyond one’s comfort zone.

On occasion remembering or talking about events and feelings can result in experiencing relief, a sense of freedom, or alternatively discomfort and feelings of sadness, anger or fear.  Sometimes clients hold rigid perspectives, attitudes, expectations, assumptions, about themselves and their lives. I often challenge these and propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or handling things. This process can promote reaction in clients that are always helpful to explore. 

Resolving the issues that bring clients in for guidance or help may result in changes that were not anticipated. Coaching, counseling and psychotherapy can lead to decisions about changing behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, housing or relationships. Sometimes a positive decision for a client, may be viewed negatively by friends or family. Change can be simple and swift, and it can be slow and evolving.

I often will give clients homework to help facilitate change. Some examples are, reading, writing, having conversations with others, or practicing some form of stress reduction. Completing the homework is not a requirement and can be informative of what is needed or what works best to help create change.

Common Issues

Anger Management Loss or Grief
Anxiety, Panic, Fears Mood Swings
Arrested Development Motivational Strategies
Career Change Parenting
Chronic Pain or Illness Relationships
Depression Resentment
Divorce Self Esteem
Domestic Abuse Spirituality
Domestic Violence Stress Management
Emotional Intelligence Substance Abuse
Intimacy Time Management
Leadership Development Trauma and PTSD
Life Coaching  

Using Medical Insurance

Below this statement you will find a list of behavioral insurance panels I am affiliated with.

Most people are not aware that applying medical coverage to the process of counseling means the counseling meets the criteria of treatment for a mental health or psychiatric disorder. Sometime the work I do with people is clearly medically necessary and meets the criteria of treatment. Sometimes the focus  is around personal growth work, life coaching, relationship coaching or relationship counseling. In these cases the focus of the work is not a set of symptoms related to a person but instead symptoms in a relationship. That kind of focus excludes medical diagnosis and regular disease relatated symptom monitoring. Consequently the criteria of medical necessity is not met as established by the insurance companies. For more details about this click on Insurance With Couples.

Insurance Companies

Blue Cross Blue Shield

United Behavioral Health

United Health Care

Tufts

Tufts Navigator

Magellan

Harvard Pilgrim