My Approach to Helping
If you are interested in understanding and growing bigger than the issues that bring you to therapy, or are curious about your dreams or the parts of you behind your troubles, then I could be a good fit to help you. I support, guide, and work with my patients to help them to notice and address the unknown or dimly known parts of themselves which lead them into difficulty. I frequently work with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, attachment issues, and relationship problems and offer a safe space where we work together to find a way through the issue(s) that bring you to therapy.
I trained at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is evidenced based and works for a wide range of diagnoses. Psychoanalytic therapy is depth-oriented, that is, it pays attention to what is unconscious, or only vaguely known, in us that influences our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The main idea is that everyone has a host of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations that they aren’t fully aware of which influence them and sometimes lead to symptoms such as depression and anxiety. As you become more aware of these previously unclear or hidden parts of yourself, with the support and guidance of a good therapeutic relationship, then new opportunities to chose how you act, think, and approach things to become available, which in turn alleviates your symptoms. In therapy, we work together to help you understand the parts of yourself that you haven’t gotten to know well yet and to integrate them into your life in healthy ways.
Psychological healing and growth develop through growing new abilities and new understandings of yourself and your difficulties within the context of a relationship that feels safe and supportive. I enjoy helping to develop such abilities and healing therapeutic relationships (based on honesty, safety, and trust) with patients and look forward to working with you.