My Approach to Helping
Taking the step to see a therapist can be like opening a new door in your life. It may require going through some old messy stuff, unlocking some old places, but the journey is usually worth it. I am a warm, relational psychotherapist and work with adults from a variety of backgrounds and orientations. I provide a safe, collaborative setting where we explore difficult and private issues and help you identify old stuck patterns that keep tripping you up. You may be struggling with a life transition, exploring issues of identity, dealing with depression and anxiety, living with chronic health conditions or simply wanting to learn more about yourself. Seeing a psychotherapist can help you to work through these issues and explore new ways of being with yourself and others. I encourage you to go to my website to learn more about me and my approach. You may also call to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to explore whether we might be able to work together.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have expertise in treating post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, geriatric issues and long standing childhood issues and conflicts. 15 years of my work has been with combat and non-combat Veterans healing from physical and emotional injuries and losses. I enjoy working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning individuals and their family members.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I draw from a number of theoretical approaches and have trained in a variety of therapies. Generally I am relational and analytical, which means working in a conversational style and exploring not only what may be inside our awareness, but also those areas which may be unconscious or outside of our awareness. We all have issues and relationships from the past which influence how we live and relate to others. We often develop patterns that are no longer working for us and these can be challenging to change. I view the therapeutic relationship as being central to the work.