My Approach to Helping
My primary intention is to help people increase awareness of themselves in the present moment in order to facilitate the unleashing of innate potential. This often involves the exploration of disavowed parts of the self with the aim of integration and a sense of wholeness as a person. My underlying belief is that people can become more accepting of themselves and thus more able to direct their own lives in the context of an empathic relationship that provides the space for them to develop naturally and at their own pace. I see my role as a combination of fellow traveler and facilitator. While the former depicts the process of therapy as a shared journey, the latter acknowledges that the destination is ultimately determined by the individual seeking help. It seems to me that the most significant and profound therapeutic experience is the felt sense that it is fine to be exactly who you are.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I strongly believe in personal autonomy and self-determination and aim to assist people with enhancing their capacity for reflecting upon and enacting these values for themselves. My style of therapy is responsive to individual needs and preferences and I take an interactive approach that leaves room for both direct guidance and responsiveness to people's innate wisdom.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
When deciding on a therapist, I believe it is extremely important to follow your intuition and "gut feeling." While reading about or speaking on the phone to a therapist can give you some sense of what therapy may be like, there is no substitute for experiencing what it feels like to relate to the therapist in person. When meeting a therapist, I would recommend reflecting upon your level of excitement at the prospect of ongoing work. Another piece of advice would be to avoid any therapists that appear to need you to be or present yourself in a particular way.