Without judgment or pathologizing, I will help you find a comfortable place in therapy. From there, you can securely examine your inner-world: find your voice, put words to your story, and work through emotional and relational challenges -- to achieve relief, peace, and a life worth celebrating. I engage each client with an open heart, see each story with a fresh eye, and am a collaborative, compassionate therapist. With new angles of consideration and creative techniques, I help you move from insight to change.
Focus areas of my practice are: women's issues, codependency, and couples and family therapy. I also treat a broad range of concerns, such as trauma and PTSD, depression, loss, anxiety, grief, difficulty coping with relationships/life, spiritual and existential confusion, and life transitions. I also work with families recovering from a variety of addictions.
Like a Sherpa - I will be your guide and companion on the therapeutic climb. I will check your gear, keep a strong grip on your rope, and advise when you need oxygen or rest. I regularly use metaphor, and help you change shame-based language (good / bad, right / wrong) to questions of open curiosity: "What would decrease suffering, versus increase suffering?" or "What is effective or ineffective?" I also teach some DBT skills: which can increase distress tolerance, improve emotional regulation, and expand interpersonal effectiveness.
People naturally move toward health with the right support: authentic compassion, sincere curiosity, and nonjudgmental validation. My clients report increased self-awareness and personal growth, more meaningful insights, stronger connections, and greater satisfaction in life.
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More Info About My Practice
Because a "good fit" is imperative for successful treatment, I have a complementary "30 minute Get Acquainted" appointment available to be sure that you feel comfortable with me, and that I can meet your needs therapeutically. If I am not the best fit for you, I will help you to find someone who is. You can schedule this appointment directly through my website (on the Request An Appointment tab), or email or call me. I will respond as soon as possible.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I have had a few very negative therapy experiences myself, so I know what this is like first-hand. In fact, I remember consoling one therapist about her own life for a good portion of a session, and wondering at the end as I wrote my check, "Shouldn't she be paying me?" And, "Should I know that about her?"
I can tell you that direct honesty is one cornerstone of my practice. I encourage my clients to tell me directly how I am doing, and I frequently ask for feedback. I ask questions such as, "Was this helpful?" and "Are we working effectively together toward your goals?" I want to know about any negative experiences you've had (previously or currently) so that we can work toward a reparative experience for you in therapy.
Our real-time moments together in session - the interactions, successes, struggles, and conflict that we may share - provides the richest source of data about your relational style. Our therapeutic relationship is an important place to find insight and tools for change. It is a safe place to work through relational obstacles together, and to learn new and different ways of communicating, interacting, and resolving conflict through direct experience.