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In our complicated lives, sometimes we meet road blocks to our moving ahead. These periods of transition are frequently characterized by confusion, stress, depression, and anxiety. With the help of therapy, these crises can be met head on and can actually become an opportunity for growth.
Many people see it as a weakness to seek therapy. On the contrary, my definition of independence is “knowing when to depend.” It is a real strength to recognize the need for extra help and reach out for the available resources.
My goal is to help each person to help themselves. A therapist is the tour guide for the emotional journey. My clients tell me that they like that I am an active therapist and provide insight, feedback, and guidance. My goal is to help you to find new coping skills suitable to today’s challenges so you may improve the quality of your life.
I met Terry when I was in college struggling with an eating disorder. I have now known Terry for over 2 decades and so many life events where I would call on her for her sage counsel and caring support. She has seen me through the grief of my Mother’s death, fear when I was diagnosed and treated with breast cancer, the joy of finding my soul mate and the the trials of being a new Mother and juggling work with and child. I don’t see Terry all the time, but what a gift to have someone who knows me so well and whenever I stop in I know I can get my head and heart realigned.
My husband and I were in a marriage that was complacent, unloving and uncaring. The stress of 3 young children certainly did not help our relationship. We had been unable to work out issues, and we had definitely lost that “loving feeling”. Our household was so stressful and it was not pleasant to be at home. Terry became our life line and I now feel we have a new beginning. She helped us to work together with parenting issues and also gave us a new language for talking to each other. We wish we had gone to marriage counseling a lot sooner before we hurt each other so terribly with wounding words. With hard work, my husband and I have reconnected and we have been rebuilding and restoring our relationship.
I had never been to a therapist before. I was very nervous at the thought of talking to a stranger. Terry made me very comfortable and at ease. I am so glad that I reached out for help. What a relief that I did not have to go through my problems alone any more.
Terry Rifkin was recommended to my husband and me for marriage counseling by a friend. Had we not met Terry to help teach us new tools and skills for communication, we would have surely been on the road to divorce. We always attacked each other and now we have learned to work together and attack the problem. I never thought conflict could be respectful and even bring us closer. Terry helped us to see each other in a new way that we could not have done on our own.
After my wife died everyone told me to go to therapy. I didn’t see a need to, I was fine. Three years later I finally went to see Terry Rifkin. I wish I would have gone sooner. I’ve stopped living in the past and I am now moving forward and optimistic about my future.
I decided to go to Terry Rifkin for therapy because I had so many relationship problems in all areas of my life; work, friends, family, boyfriends. I finally realized the common denominator was me! She helped me to see that I had some issues in my past that I had buried that were having rippling effects on my current relationships. I’m still a work in progress, but I already am having more satisfying and lasting relationships in my life.
After raising our 3 daughters and looking forward to a new stage of life with my husband, I was shocked when I was served with divorce papers. I hated him and life. It was a very dark period for me. I didn’t know what to do next, Terry Rifkin has been a “God send” as my therapist. She helped me put my life back together. I never thought I would be whole again.
If you notice yourself in the same repeating negative patterns, unable to achieve the goals you set for yourself, in relationships that don’t seem to work out, unable to recover and move on from past trauma, or just feeling lonely, depressed, anxious, or angry, I can help you gain clarity and a direction for growth!