My Approach to Helping
The most basic aspect of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the patient. This relies on the match between the patient's expectations and the therapist's characteristics as well as on the skill of the therapist in using the relationship to understand and work through the patient's difficulties. With some patients this relationship is an important focus. With others it is the underpinning of work that is more educative, cognitive, and behaviorally oriented. Empathy is a crucial element of all therapies, and I work to understand each individual's problems from his/her point of view.
More Info About My Practice
I am especially interested in working with individuals who have made the decision to work through long term problems with self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, anxiety and depression.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to identify the areas of your functioning that are not adaptive in your current situation, understand how you developed them, and work on making changes. No-one has patterns that are adaptive in every situation, so there should be no shame about this form of self understanding and problem-solving. Understanding the origins of your problems is not the same as blaming. Your parents and sibling(s) have/had their own childhood shaped by unique factors with which they dealt as best they could.