My Approach to Helping
Many of us have gone through experiences that leave us feeling unmotivated, stuck or without hope for change. The promise of psychotherapy is that it offers us a way to become aware of the conscious and unconscious limiting beliefs we have unknowingly come to identify with in our life. It allows us a framework where insight becomes possible -- and consequently, a greater opportunity for change, and a growing ability to make conscious decisions. An essential element to this work is our collaboration, and having a relationship that is dedicated to knowing you deeply. In this sense, I believe we are partners working to understand your motivations, worries, fears, and deepest hopes so that you can feel a greater sense of empowerment and freedom within your life and in your future.
I see people for a variety of reasons, but I have developed a special focus and interest in the following areas: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, self-sabotaging behaviors, eating disorders, insecurity about making changes, and feelings of emotional isolation. I also have a special interest in the psychology of money, and how early experiences in life can effect your attitude, behavior and relationship with money.
Of course, there may also be unique struggles you find yourself dealing with that are particular to you. If you would like to discuss working together in more detail, I would be happy to talk with you on the phone for a complimentary phone consultation.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
While there are many advantages to entering psychotherapy, I believe one of the most important benefits comes from our work together expanding your awareness and insight so that unconsciously held thoughts, feelings and beliefs, can start to be reevaluated and reworked to align with your most important hopes and life ambitions. As this process begins to unfold, the clients I work with often notice themselves making healthier, more positive decisions in their relationships, work and family life. Old wounds and trauma have a chance to become healed and new ways of engaging in the world that promote their best interest become possible.
My Therapy Focus
The way I often work with clients is called Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It involves incorporating an understanding of how your early attachments and experiences have continued to impact present relationship dynamics, as well as your self concept. This includes how you feel about yourself, and especially, what you believe is possible to achieve in your life.
I work collaboratively and relationally; meaning, I actively engage with you, and I believe the quality of our relationship effects what feels safe to talk about and explore.
I am deeply interested in you: your thoughts, your feelings, understanding the way you experience the world, and the meaning you make out of what happens in your life. It is within this emotional environment, where the development of your truest self can become articulated, further expand and finally thrive.