Therapy

Dr. McDermott provides psychological therapy to treat issues that include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, stress and significant life changes, grief and loss, relationship issues, anger management, low self-esteem, and trauma.

 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

- Rumi


My approach to therapy:

Even in the midst of challenges and setbacks, you have the ability to live the life you’ve imagined for yourself. I am confident you can manage feelings of sadness, anxiety, and distress, while you also enhance relationships, enrich your life at work and at play, and empower yourself to make positive changes.

My therapy style varies based on what might be the best fit for each client. In general, I take an active approach, often asking clients to take what we discuss and work on in sessions, and to use it outside the therapy room. This may mean working on relationships with a partner, friends, or family members, completing handouts, or reading material. I combine this with a heavy emphasis on active listening and reflection.

Therapy

I treat individuals, including teenagers (age 13+), young adults, and adults in my practice. We can work on issues that include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, stress and significant life changes, grief and loss, relationship issues, anger management, low self-esteem, and trauma. My training as a psychologist is thorough and includes a variety of treatment models, including Interpersonal, Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I often approach therapy from an integrated perspective, utilizing techniques from behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based approaches. Tailoring therapy to your needs is critical, and I approach our work together in a way that will be most helpful to you. 

Complimentary Phone Session

Because I believe your relationship with your therapist is the most important part of therapy, I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation so we can determine the best approach for your therapy. If I am not the right therapist for you, I am more than happy to discuss appropriate referrals.


Fees and Payment

Therapy is billed at $150 per 50-minute session. I accept cash, check, debit, and credit card. While I do not accept insurance, I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance provider.


How do you find the right therapist?

A therapeutic connection with your therapist hinges on many things, including personality style, treatment techniques, and the therapist’s ability to hear and understand you. It’s important for you to ask yourself questions such as, “am I being understood?” or “does my treatment plan make sense to me?” Research shows that regardless of how your therapist believes people create positive change, the alliance you have with him or her is most curative.

There are other important things to consider when determining who you want to work with:

  • Does the therapist have some expertise in your area of concern?
  • Is the therapist properly licensed or credentialed?
  • Do you want a therapist who is willing to be flexible with methods and style?
  • Do you want a therapist with specific availability (evening or weekend hours, perhaps)?