My Approach to Helping
My intention in therapy is to connect with where each person I work with is in life, looking to understand their unique story and experience.
Taking a focused but empathetic approach, I work from an integrative perspective, tailoring treatment to what appears most useful at this time for this person. My approach is based on experience which has led me to several observations, here are a few of the most important.
The first is that I don't see people as being broken. They may feel broken at times, but I help people find resources and capacities they may have lost touch with in order to live the lives they want and be the people they want to be. I am pro-active in helping you reduce symptoms such as anxiety and panic, building hope and motivation for deeper work.
A second observation is that we are more than the stories we tell ourselves; this can be a tricky principle to describe. Basically, it means that I work to honor activities in therapy like exploring, being curious, and sitting with the unknown parts of ourselves and others in order to find out who we are, what we want, and where we want to go.
A third observation is that relationship is key. Relationships serve as guideposts on the way to growth and empowerment. They are the way we change and learn. They give life meaning and their absence or loss of functioning is often what brings people to therapy in the first place. Hence I see relationships as crucial for understanding treatment and how it works.
More Info About My Practice
I am an experienced and knowledgeable therapist who works collaboratively with you to find the most skillful and meaningful way through tough or challenging times. My practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Humanist approaches that emphasize the importance of the relationship and the holistic perspective on healing and growth.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy provides you with a safe and supportive space in which to reflect on what matters most to you. This is an important aspect of how therapy has been shown to work in clinical trials. Emphasizing personal self-determination and choice, therapy can be used to provide a place for you to formulate treatment goals, collaborate with a therapist to develop solutions and harness resources to make life more satisfying and meaningful. At other times, therapy is a place to connect with emotions or parts of yourself that for what ever reason is impossible or difficult to do on your own. Tired of feeling stuck? Therapy can help!
My Role as a Therapist
I am honored and often awed by the people I have worked with in therapy. Having been a client in therapy myself for many years, I know first hand the courage and commitment it takes to confront parts of yourself that have caused suffering and pain. That people have been willing to share this process with me over the years is a major inspiration for me in my work. My clients motivate and inspire me to continue learning and listening as skillfully and completely as I can. I do believe that in some ways you can only help others as far as you can help yourself. In this respect, being a therapist is not just my day job - it is a lifelong commitment to growing and learning. For this, I am grateful to have found a career that truly fits me as a person.