My Approach to Helping
I specialize in helping you or your loved ones cope with reoccurring, intense emotions -- spikes of anger, fear, worry, self-doubt, and sadness. When these keep you from living your life, or having success in your career or family relationships, then counseling can be the key to feeling better, and getting better. This is my passion, and this is why I do this work. How do I work? We will focus on getting "unstuck" from the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviors that keep you from experiencing the life you want or need. Our work together will be active; we don't just talk, but also try new ideas that can help heal. I help you challenge old, harmful beliefs about yourself and the world. As you shed these outdated and toxic beliefs, a sense of hope and direction will emerge. Your goals to do better in your job, in your family, and in your intimate relationships become possible. Your success will bring feelings of confidence, peace, and a better life.
More Info About My Practice
My fees are competitive, especially since sessions at my office typically run for more than the standard 60 minutes. The extra time allows for both expressing feelings so I can be sure to really "get" what the patient is going through, and also learn to teach you ways to overcome debilitating feelings through self-help, communication, and meditation skills.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My passion is helping patients overcome patterns of feelings and behavior that limit or threaten loss in their lives. Specifically, fears and doubts of not being accepted or good enough; compulsive or bad habits that distract (like "addictions") or allow for avoidance (like procrastination); and the angry judgment that arises in intimate relationships when we turn to blaming the people we love, rather than turning toward compassion and understanding.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Successful therapy includes realizing what's gone wrong in our thoughts and actions, and the skills to change and do something different. Something effective. But good therapy isn't just listening and teaching. It's also about motivation.
We all get stuck sometimes because there are payoffs to how we do things... even things that hurt us in the long run. I've learned that in being a good counselor, I can't just teach: I need to help my patients stay motivated. After all, change isn't easy, and it can be scary and painful to give up old and ineffective ways of thinking, feeling and acting.
I'll help you in each session remember the "big picture" of your goals and together we'll move toward a better way of being in the world.