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I believe that the difficulties we experience in our lives are often the result of problematic ways in which we attempt to establish closeness and feelings of security. These patterns arise from childhood and often stem out of a belief, which may be unconscious, that we are not lovable but rather deficient or unworthy in some way.
This destructive belief leaves us vulnerable to perceiving slights and rejections when they may in fact not exist, and is also responsible for low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. I therefore work with my clients to help them recognize and understand their feelings, and the distorted beliefs that motivate their behaviors.
We work to understand how oftentimes these behaviors bring about the opposite of what is desired, and together we consider finding more constructive ways to get what you want. In the process, clients begin to change their perceptions of self, and also adopt different expectations of others, resulting in improved relationships and greater satisfaction in life.
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Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I help people to recognize their particular way of establishing closeness and how their insecurities and fears about not being appreciated or loved provoke certain types of behaviors in themselves and also others in their lives. I am able to work with couples having difficulty in their relationship or adolescents who are dealing with separation and are having conflict with their parents. I do not only listen but provide insights about my clients particular problems. I also incorporate cognitive behavioral principles and actively look for cognitive distortions and automatic thoughts that clients engage in.
Finally, through sensitivity and understanding I show clients how they might be actively contributing to the difficulties and obstacles in their lives, and together we work to develop better ways of relating and overcoming difficulties in order achieve one's goals.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The purpose of psychotherapy is different for different people but with the common goal of providing relief in some way. Sometimes it is needed to help adjust to a new stage of life or to find support while grieving a loss. Sometimes its purpose is to help one to see how what they do creates difficulties in their relationships. Maybe it is used to learn to better manage stress that life throws our way or to build a stronger self-esteem.
Whatever the individual purpose, the over-arching goal is to provide an understanding of how one's past makes us who we are, the kinds of defenses we use to avoid pain, and how we may unintentionally create obstacles to our well being.
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice
- Addictions and Compulsions
- Attachment Issues
- Codependency / Dependency
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Relationships and Marriage
- Young Adult Issues
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Object Relations
- Relational Psychotherapy
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