My Approach to Helping
We are haunted by the things we don't want to discuss, think about, or remember. They can leave us feeling frozen and detached from people, circumstances, or our bodies. They influence our relationships and our sexuality. Whether emotions, thoughts, or experiences have undercut your sense of self, triggering grief, anxiety, anger, or depression, you can begin to feel less perplexed and alone.
My style is warm and interactive. I will listen in a collaborative, empathic, and emotionally available way to understand you. Together we will make sense of patterns in your life that you know about and those you aren't yet aware of. We will use the here-and-now, linking it, when appropriate, to your early experiences as we work toward lasting positive change in your personal and professional life.
What you can expect in the first session:
The first time we meet, I'll want to know about what happened or is happening that has brought you into psychotherapy at this time. I'll want to know about your background. As you speak, I will listen to your story very carefully, on multiple levels. I will listen to what you say and what you don't say. I will monitor my responses to you and what you are communicating to me through your words and your body so I can begin to get a sense of who you are and the ways in which you need to be understood. This is important because your treatment will be designed for you, alone. If you have been in psychotherapy before, it's important for me to know what was helpful and what wasn't, so I can be aware of what may or may not be helpful in the process between us. Our first session will provide an opportunity for you and I to get a sense of our comfort level with one another--how do we "click" together?. While trust is built over time, my intention is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to speak openly.