My Approach to Helping
You are taking a courageous step in seeking a therapist and I support you in this courage. Perhaps you are at a crossroads or turning point in your life and want to explore what has brought you here and where this stage may lead. I am ready to listen and collaborate with you in thinking about your concerns.
Perhaps my background and experience will be compatible with what you feel you need: I have practiced as a person-centered, relational, humanistic, psychodynamic psychotherapist for over 35 years. I have worked with individuals and couples struggling with addiction,depression, anxiety,difficult childhood experiences, trauma and post-traumatic stress reactions, relationship issues, sexual identity, life cycle changes and transitions, and the search for a strong sense of self.
I work with individuals who want to explore their relationship with alcohol or other drugs and discover what place, if any, substances should have in their lives. I also support partners, family, and friends who cope with alcohol or drug dependence in someone they care about. I offer relational psychotherapy with emphasis on understanding interpersonal patterns.
In addition, I have experience with long-term emotional recovery for adult victims of violence and/or childhood abuse.
If you are a couple seeking help, our time together will involve supporting you to understand each other more fully, to balance the desire for emotional intimacy with the need for individual identity.
I value our initial meeting as an opportunity to begin to know you and understand what you may need from our conversations. Hopefully we will establish a supportive collaboration as we think together about whatever you have on your mind and where you would like the therapy to lead.
If you feel my background might match what you need, I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully talking further.