My Approach to Helping
Are you tired of pretending everything is fine when inside you're really struggling? Are you longing for a place where you can speak your truth and get support in sorting through the challenges you're facing? I believe that taking the step to look for a therapist is a courageous one and an act of tremendous self-care. Therapy is an invitation to stop and listen, to get to know yourself and to learn to trust yourself, so that you can live the life you want to live, full of the peace and enjoyment you've always wanted. I'm glad you're here and would be honored to support you on your healing journey, whether it's through individual therapy, couples counseling, or in one of my ongoing women's therapy groups.
My first priorities when working with you will be to create a space where you feel safe to give voice to what is troubling you and to give you a sense of being heard and understood with compassion. I will see you as whole and resourceful, even if you're struggling, and I will be listening for what is in your heart, what truly matters to you. I will support you in discovering your own unique strategies for taking action in your life that is in alignment with your values.
I believe that much of our suffering comes from inner conflict, wherein one part of us wants one thing and another part wants something else. For example, one part of you might want to start therapy, and another part of you might want to spend the money on something else. Or one part might want to end a relationship, and another part might want to stay. These inner struggles can drain our energy and leave us feeling stuck, frustrated, confused, and irritable. I enjoy guiding people through processes that make space for all the parts of ourselves to have a voice and be heard, which leads to more integration, inner peace, clarity, and the ability to take whole-hearted action in the direction of greater life satisfaction.
My approach is rooted in awareness and compassion-based practices such as Buddhist mindfulness practices and Nonviolent Communication. I am also deeply influenced and inspired by Carl Rogers, the founder of the humanistic person-centered approach to psychotherapy. My style has been described as warm, spacious, engaged, empathic, nonjudgmental, empowering, and compassionate.