My Approach to Helping
The foundation of my practice is listening well. As you share your story, I will be listening to hear all that you're facing, the things that feel easy or hard to talk about, and how long you've been carrying them. I will be attentive to the things that surprise you with how much emotion they bring up, as well as the things that leave you flat or numb to talk about. I'll listen for the context you're living in. And as you share and we get into the texture of your life, I'll start to slow us down in key moments where I see an opening for deeper and more transformative healing or growth.
As we put words to your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, I will also make suggestions for various resources, coping tools, and treatments to address the challenges you're facing. For those with anxiety, this would include mindfulness, for example. For those processing traumas, this would include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) or parts work using Internal Family Systems. For those experiencing obsessions and compulsions, this would include exposure and response prevention.
My approach is first of all to honor your humanity and create space for you to be in process, and then to shift back and forth between this kind of open space and a more directive approach when we have identified something specific you would like my guidance about how to press into.