Welcome! I am so glad you have reached out for support. It is not always easy to do. I believe that just acknowledging need and asking for help, shows great strength. I encourage you to take your time in selecting a therapist. It is highly important to the success of your therapy to work with someone with whom you feel a connection. None of us humans connect with everyone, and that is ok. The purpose of this profile, is not to try to sell you on me, rather to inform you of my education, experience, and style as a therapist.
I am a clinical social worker, and have been providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families for 16 years. In my experience, I have found an eclectic approach to be beneficial to many of my previous and current clients. This simply means that I draw from more than one theoretical approach. We are all different, with different needs.
Having said that, I do have a particular interest in a therapy called “Transactional Analysis” (I know it sounds complicated, but stay with me). This is a type of therapy where you and I would work together to “analyze” (or look at in a detailed way) your interactions with others, or your “transactions”. We would then use this information, as a basis for understanding why you interact with others the way that you do. Understanding yourself better, and addressing what is not working for you, can make for a much more pleasant journey through life. This approach would be appropriate for individuals and couples, as well as parents, and families.
I am fiercely passionate about people, and assisting them in addressing their needs, so they can live the life they want and deserve to live. I firmly believe that laughter is a healing and sustaining element. It helps to ground us, clearing a path to new insight. You will find humor interwoven into my approach, along with compassion, and respect. I am by no means just a passive listener. Rather, I believe we all want and need feedback, as well as to be heard. Don’t we all just want to know that someone "gets" us ? That they understand what we are saying and where we are coming from? Once this happens, I believe needs can be uncovered and the work can begin.
I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your therapeutic needs. It is then that we can determine, together, if i could adequately provide the assistance you need.
Additional areas of focus: Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
MD LCSW-C 22627
Written on Nov 16, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Cheryl truly wonderful. She makes sure to listen fully and completely understand my situation before helping me work through it. Our sessions have helped me become a better version of myself.
Written on Nov 14, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and sleeping disorders
My sessions with Cheryl over several months have been very constructive. She strikes a good balance between listening, learning and advising. Her ability to draw connections among discussions and over time are impressive. Thanks very much for the “better help”!
Written on Sep 05, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Cheryl is an amazing listener. Always offering the best ways to look at any situation. She gives me the confidence too stand by my decisions and to protect my boundaries when I’m feeling uncomfortable. Truly grateful for her.
Written on Jul 24, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Had a good first session. Became more aware of the main issues hindering me, and have a few steps I can take to improve the situation.
Written on Jan 04, 2023 after therapy with Cheryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes