My Approach to Helping
There are times in life when we look at who we are, and who we want to be, and the distance between these two poles seems impossible to bridge. On the one hand, we see this person we want to be--this happy and satisfied person--and on the other hand, we feel the person that we are, sad or numb and not doing what we want to do with our lives. The gap between these two lives can feel like a canyon with nothing but despair waiting at the bottom. It's an awful feeling, and it deepens when confronted alone. These moments of fear and despair can also lead you to finding out that who you are and who you want to be aren't as far apart as it seems.
More Info About My Practice
I combine Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness practices with motivational interviewing and existential therapeutic techniques to help my clients tap into their inner strengths. My natural humor and kindness make your healing process supportive and fruitful.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is the process of integrating all your different parts into a cohesive whole. While psychotherapy is often portrayed in movies and on TV as a series of "Eureka!" moments where the therapist ties together all the threads of a session into one perfect, ego-shattering statement that changes their client forever, the real work is more gentle and less about finding magic words. The goal of psychotherapy is not to change our clients' lives--it is to help you find happiness, fulfillment, and control within the life you are living.
My Therapy Focus
My approach is not strictly about intellectual understanding. Sure, it helps to understand where you're coming from and what you really value--but that's only part of the work. The other part, and what you might be missing, is the integration. We're emotional creatures in a society that doesn't value emotions, and as such we often lack a sense of how rich our emotional lives can be. I help you integrate the intellectual with the emotional. By practicing mindfulness and somatic awareness, you can feel more in control, more acceptance, and more able to take clearer action.