My Approach to Helping
I believe we are wired for healing and growth. Experiencing suffering is part of life and everyone experiences distress at some point. We naturally find many creative ways to cope with life's problems but we do best not in isolation but with support. We may be prone to developing behaviors, perceptions, and relationships that could make us feel stuck, depressed, isolated, angry or anxious to name a few.
Through therapy, we can identify patterns that are not so useful and develop new ones that help us feel calmer, more connected, content, creative, and more courageous. In other words, therapy is a healing ritual that helps us gain access to essential resources in ourselves and in our environment to better cope with problems, to move forward and to grow from our experiences.
In my practice, I draw from cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, internal family systems, mindfulness, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. I use talk therapy and incorporate experiential practices during sessions to crystallize what we discuss. I also assign small homework (e.g., writing down reflections or practicing new skills) to keep the momentum going. We will also periodically revisit goals for therapy to ensure we're on the right track and headed where you want to go.