My Approach to Helping
We all struggle through various points of our lives, and sometimes the skills we have available to us don't feel like enough. I am an experienced therapist offering a calming presence, and support in managing intense or overwhelming emotions. I am passionate about creating a safe and comfortable space for you to gain the self-awareness and skills you need to move forward during these times. Therapy can, of course, be valuable for people experiencing symptoms that leave them feeling debilitated, but also for those in search of self-improvement or greater life satisfaction. I encourage my patients to think carefully and openly about their past, and ways in which it impacts their present.
More Info About My Practice
In my practice, I work with adolescents and adults of all backgrounds. I am especially experienced in working with young adults and students. Please visit my website for more information about individual therapy, couples or group therapy, or consultation services.
I have easily accessible offices in both Dupont Circle and Georgetown, and have daytime and evening availability, by appointment only. Finding a "good fit" is so important to a successful therapy experience, so I encourage you to call for a free phone consultation to learn more about my practice.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
You're not alone, most people think about going to therapy for months before making the call! As is typical with anything that brings about change, the prospect of starting therapy can feel both relieving and scary.
This ambivalence often comes out in worrying whether we have the money, the time, or enough to talk about, or what going to therapy means about us. For a lot of people, it takes a crisis to get them into therapy, but you don't have to wait that long. If starting therapy is on your mind, it's likely there are significant aspects of your life you are wanting to change.
In addition to the option of beginning therapy, I also offer a one time consultation where we can discuss your unique situation and think about whether therapy is an appropriate step for you. I know calling a therapist to begin therapy can sometimes feel like making a huge commitment, so I encourage you to take it one step at a time.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
A big part of what makes talking to a therapist different from confiding in a friend or family member is the absence of judgement and advice giving. I take seriously my job of creating a safe and non-judgemental space for my patients to feel unconditionally supported and understood. I believe this is especially important at the outset of therapy, as many people come in having felt unsafe, hurt, or judged by people in their lives.
If you can establish a safe and trusting relationship with your therapist, you are more likely to feel open and honest, and to share what comes to your mind without fear of judgement getting in your way. From my perspective, these moments are necessary to bring about new insights and lasting change. Without a relationship you feel safe in, you may feel stuck or unable to move forward. Also keep in mind that what makes one person feel safe and comfortable in therapy is not the same for everyone, which is why most therapists emphasize finding the right fit.