I'm a licensed professional.
Social Work - I.1101086
Adults who experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other difficult and traumatic events as children benefit immensely from my approach to therapy. The combination of emotional and physical awareness provides a strong foundation for developing new and satisfying approaches to others and the larger world.
My role as a therapist is to support and guide you through your process of discovering, digesting and then transforming your truth so that you can create the life you want. My interest is in helping people do much more than adjust to the lives the have-- I enjoy helping people transform themselves and their lives so that the two are harmonious.
Work with a therapist you like and respect. This may mean finding someone who can balance her/his warmth and support with firmness and helpful boundaries.
I have been in therapy and have difficulty imagining that I would be able to sit with my clients and be authentically present if I hadn't gone gone through my own struggles and continue to attend to my personal growth.
One of the initial tasks of therapy is to establish a sense of safety and identify each person's sources of internal and external support. Sometimes a person may not yet have learned the skills for self-soothing and self-care needed for facing painful feelings-- in these cases we begin developing these skills in the very first session. I do provide crisis support via telephone sessions when appropriate and at times in the therapeutic process this can be an important resource for people. I also have noticed over the years that people, in general, do a pretty good job of knowing what's too much for them to handle-- and when someone tells me that they're not ready to do traumatic piece of work I respect their judgement.
The relationship between a client and their therapist is the most powerful component of successful therapy. It is in the context of the therapeutic relationship that people are able to try out new ways of being in the world and get feedback on the effectiveness of these changes. The therapeutic relationship can also be a space in which unmet needs from childhood can be met and that pain can be soothed. People who work with me can expect me to be truthful with them and to like them.