My Approach to Helping
As a therapist, I believe that first and foremost, the therapeutic relationship is collaborative. I follow an integrative model, focusing on finding solutions and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I also place value on interpersonal relationships as well, and work with clients to improve their personal relationships through productive communication and healthy boundaries. When working with children, I build relationships with both the child and caregivers. I collaborate with caregivers, and help them to gain insight into their child's individual needs, changing behavior by enhancing the parent-child dyad.
Every individual - child, adolescent or adult - is just that, an individual. I look forward to meeting you, learning about you, your interests, your needs, and your goals, and forming a working relationship together.
More Info About My Practice
Prior to private practice, I spent many years working with children, adolescents and adults in school and medical settings; I feel this experience exposed me to everything under the sun. During this time, I became particularly drawn to the struggles of children, adolescents, and women struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. Since then, I have pursed further training in trauma, attachment-based therapies for adults and children, Theraplay Level 1, SandTray therapy, trans-affirming therapy, and perinatal moodanxiety disorders.
If you have any other questions about my style, philosophy, or expertise, please do not hesitate to ask. Therapy is something you are doing for you, and you should feel empowered when making the decision to begin.
My Role as a Therapist
I believe the role of the therapist is to be a tool for you. Just as you may go seek help from an accountant to do your taxes, I want to be a resource for you as you address whatever concerns have come to light. Our relationship of course may be far more personal than that with your accountant, but you are still entitled to the best care you can receive. I love learning, and will always be willing and excited to learn more about your unique situation. I also think it is important to provide qualified care, and will seek consultations or referrals if they are needed. From beginning to end, I will have only your best interest at heart.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
People often get caught up on language - "I don't need therapy, I'm not crazy." "My child struggles to sit still but he doesn't have ADHDH." "But what diagnosis do I have?". Language is a tool to help us communicate - when it is not helping, it is not serving its purpose. For some, language can be affirming and helpful - naming the problem can give someone power in addressing it. For others, though, language feels antagonizing and makes things worse. At the most fundamental level, life is journey with bumps along the road. We have ups and downs, and sometimes we need help standing back up. That's it. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that.