Accepting online therapy clients from the Orchard Park/Buffalo area and throughout New York State. In person therapy available in Rochester, NY.

Individual Counseling​

Can Individual Counseling Help Me?

If you are considering counseling or therapy, I suspect that you find some aspect of your life painful or unacceptable to you.

Individual counseling can help you gain the self-awareness, skills, and support you need to love your life again.


The choice to enter therapy is the choice to make your Self a priority. Through individual counseling, you will confront the reality of your life and move along a path from the familiar into the unexplored. I will be your witness, your guide, and your mirror, and I will gently help you harness your confidence for the journey. While this is a very individual pilgrimage, I will make certain you never feel alone. 

I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which you will learn to better understand yourself. I can help you address many of life’s concerns.

What is individual counseling?

Individual counseling (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “therapy”) involves sessions of one-on-one talk therapy—provided in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. It is a flexible, collaborative process. Therapists can provide emotional support, active listening, mirroring, role playing, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and/or communication difficulties. Therapy can also help with unresolved childhood issues, grief (past or present) and facilitate better management of stress. Many people also find that they can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.

Additionally, ongoing psychotherapy is a common and useful means of self-growth and self-actualization. Therapy can help people to resolve barriers which interfere with positive qualities, such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love.

Most powerfully, individual therapy can facilitate a realigning with one’s true nature. If individuals enter therapy somewhat at odds with themselves, they leave a successful therapy experience ready to be more compassionate with themselves and others, pursue happiness, and participate in life.

Individual counseling can help with:

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma & Loss
  • Anger and stress management
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Self-esteem
  • Marriage and relationship challenges
  • Adjusting to life transitions
  • Work and career satisfaction
  • Body image issues
  • Intimacy
  • Suicidality
  • Spirituality
Counseling continues until you have met your goals, or until counseling is no longer necessary.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way–teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business”. Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Will I need to take medication to feel better?

Nope. Many of my clients come to me and don’t want to take medication, but they do want to stop feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. You do not have to have medication to work through these feelings. Many studies have found that the cognitive therapy approach (CBT), along with other talk therapies, can be just as helpful as taking medications (though the process and order of things may look slightly different).

I offer individual counseling, couples therapy and premarital counseling in my practice. The issues that I work with are diverse and range from problems arising from sudden circumstantial changes to long standing and complex struggles. Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length, and generally occur either weekly or bi-weekly. Some people find they are able to reach their goals in just a few sessions, while others benefit from long-term, ongoing therapy. I provide in-person individual therapy for adults in Rochester, NY, and for clients throughout New York State via online counseling sessions.

Ready to Get Started?

Through effective therapy, it’s possible to live without doubt, conflict, fear, or sadness playing the starring role in your life.

I am easy to talk to with a respectful, warm, interactive, and solution focused approach to counseling.

Contact me today at (585) 615-6985 for a free initial phone consultation.