My Approach to Helping
My focus in working with people is to guide them to be their authentic selves. Often depression and anxiety are reflective of a separation of who we really are from how we are living. I've worked with people of all ages and backgrounds for 26 years. Women, who are often pressured to be "good enough," are especially vulnerable to the influences of others. Innumerable businesses profit from highlighting women's flaws, nurturing a sense of inadequacy. Sadness, meaninglessness, and emptiness are often the result.
Some people, especially women, even report that they feel like they don't have a self. After spending years caring for the needs of others, they've lost a connection to who they are or how they wish to be. For younger women, the insecurity created by the fashion and beauty industries can cause them to feel like insignificant people.
I can work with individuals, couples, and families. I am happy to be of help to men as well as women and have done so for over 25 years.
By exploring the many facets of who you are, both heartening and disappointing, you can explore the person looking back at you in the mirror. What seems negative at first is part of a large, complex whole. Self-exploration can lead you in new directions that once seemed out of reach. This exploration offers a sharper picture of yourself in the world. Life's not perfect, but being true to yourself can fundamentally change your experience of living.
More Info About My Practice
My fee is $125.00 per 50-minute session.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
I use different techniques to help make a therapy client comfortable. Allowing yourself to open up, to bounce ideas off someone who cares, who is not going to judge you, allows you to access your own truth. So often people are stuck in a narrative that keeps them unhappy. My style is one of empathy, but also pro-active in listening to what you want in your life and helping you achieve that.
My Therapy Focus
Although I treat both men and women, I have a special interest in helping girls and women develop into healthy, confident people.
Please see my websites for more in-depth explanations of how I work and when it is important to seek out help.
I am a first-generation American and am very aware of the complications of mixed ethnicity. I've worked with many families and individuals from a large variety of cultures and am sensitive to those specific challenges.
I am quite proactive in my style as I believe the insight is necessary but isn't much help in establishing change if there are no behavioral andor environmental changes. I use cognitive behavioral strategies as well as making use of one's history and the story that has been created about one's life to determine with my client what needs to change and develop a roadmap for that change.
I do not try to fit anyone into one particular way of experiencing treatment, but rather go with what seems most effective for each individual. Most often that involves talk therapy, but I also offer creative therapies which are often helpful with deeper issues that evade conscious understanding.
In the end, it is the bond between the person seeking help and the helper that really makes the work meaningful. Life can be very challenging in all stages. The way I see it, we are all in this together. I love what I do and have been fortunate to guide many people of all ages to happier, healthier lives and relationships.