My Approach to Helping
I help clients who are feeling overwhelmed or stuck. Together we discover insights and make changes toward greater wellbeing. Warm, compassionate, and adaptive, I tailor my approach to meet your needs. In our sessions, I offer a welcoming space to come as you are. I am compassionate and nonjudgmental. My clients say I'm easy to talk to.
I am not the kind of therapist who sits silently in my chair. I am engaged. I listen and reflect back, ask questions, and offer interpretations. I pay attention. I care about my clients.
In therapy, I work with you to identify limiting beliefs and offer alternatives. Sometimes I will challenge your thoughts if I think they are harming you. That said, you are the expert on your own life. I offer support where you want it so that you can feel more at peace in your life.
I was trained in what's called a psychodynamic approach but I integrate of a range of therapeutic approaches depending on clients' needs and interests. I work with my clients every step of the way to make sure that we are on the same page. Ultimately, therapy is YOUR time. If you are interested in working on a particular issue or trying out a particular modality, we will discuss and explore what makes sense for you.
My work draws on Acceptance Commitment (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), as well as Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based therapies, relational, feminist, and multicultural frameworks. The reality is that no one approach works best for all people or all problems. A therapist can be trained in every modality in the book but, bottom line, the most important element of effective therapy is a good client/therapist relationship.