My Approach to Helping
All human life is relational, shaping how we experience ourselves in the world. I support my clients in exploring their relational patterns,with the goal of repairing the relational wounds that limit freedom and joy and creating new, more generative ways of relating that promote creativity, happiness, generosity and compassion.
My basic orientation is psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, but every client is unique, and no method or theory is helpful to everyone. So I try to approach each client and each session with an open mind. I believe that good psychotherapy is about relationship, trust, respect, empathy, insight, and honesty. It is a collaboration between client and therapist, and both are changed in the experience of that relationship. In exploring with the client what is, what was, and what could be, certainly words--conversation--are crucial; but I also value the body's language and the communication that sometimes happens in silence.
I chose to enter the clinical social work profession as a mature woman. In addition to my training, I practice out of a life of rich experience in the joys and griefs of existence. I appreciate the life of the spirit, as well as the mind and body, and my intention is to assist my clients to create greater joy and freedom in themselves, building on their strengths and expanding their access to emotional and behavioral choices.