My Approach to Helping
Do you feel that you are riding the waves of life alone? Storms are part of life, and they can be exhausting. Often stress and difficult situations can leave you feeling directionless, not knowing where to start. However, you don't have to face them alone, and you can learn how to weather life's storms. My passion and mission is to offer a warm, safe, culturally sensitive space to help you through those hard times. I believe in helping individuals and couples who are facing rough times to recognize their resilience and grow from personal difficulties.
More Info About My Practice
People who come to seek my assistance often struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship concerns at home or work, concerns about dating and romantic relationships, and major life transitions. I also help individuals who struggle with grief issues - the loss of a loved one to death or a relationship ending, as well as the loss of major parts of their identity, such as unanticipated career changes or job loss, or changes in health status. Having lived and been educated in Europe and the United States, I also specialize in working with Expatriate and Repatriate concerns and individuals who have been raised in the context of various cultures (Adult Third Culture Kids).
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Besides the above, I strongly value building self-compassion, resilience, and skills to help cope with difficult situations. I also incorporate mindfulness into therapy.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
My work is based on egalitarian and collaborative principles - we are both active participants in your therapeutic journey. You are the expert on your life, and I offer a curious and non-judgmental atmosphere to help you discover answers and solutions that work uniquely for you. I highly value mutual respect, empathy, and compassion. The therapeutic relationship should be a trusting and safe space to help you explore concerns, thoughts, feelings, and meanings.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Anyone can benefit from therapy or counseling at some point in their lives. Seeking professional assistance during difficult times is not a sign of weakness or "craziness" - instead, it shows resourcefulness along with valuing personal growth. Often people seek therapy because they realize that the way they've been going no longer works for them, and they want to explore doing something differently in order to feel better, more fulfilled, and have more satisfying relationships. Feeling stuck and alone are common feelings during times of stress. Seeing a therapist can help you feel less alone, help you build coping skills, and help identify a path toward becoming unstuck. It can often feel good to have a safe, confidential, and judgment-free space where you can express any thoughts or feelings and feel heard by someone who can give you their undivided attention and professional perspective.