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, and difficult childhood experiences. I also see people who have suffered trauma and post-traumatic stress reactions. I work too with those having concerns about relationships, sexual identity, life changes and transitions. I am especially interested in those individuals of all ages who strive to establish a strong sense of who they are and how best to live out that truth about themselves.
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.