My Approach to Helping
My practice is a safe and non-judgmental practice for all individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, sexual, race, ethnicity, spirituality, or other ecological constellations. I focus on broadening and positive psychological techniques that incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy in challenging negative self-talk such as "I am not worth loving" or other self judgments that result in feelings of inadequacy, criticism, and helplessness. Together we explore your values and worldview as a judgment-free cultural anthropologist, focusing on values and beliefs that are central to improving your happiness and enhancing connectivity to the world around you. I incorporate a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques including: relational psychotherapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), somatic experiencing (SE), cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), feminist systems, existentialist, gestalt, and psychoanalytic therapy in order to deconstruct past events or beliefs in order to understand how they may be influencing your current behavior.
More Info About My Practice
I am an out-of-network provider, which means that I do not take insurance. This is ideal for those seeking more specialized clinicians and those who prefer the anonymity of not having a diagnosis on their permanent medical records. What we talk about is truly kept confidential vs. using your insurance coverage, which often involves a mandatory diagnosis and may involve reporting the content of your session to a third party.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I help individuals work through guilt and shame in their life. Guilt is often tied to an external behaviors, i.e. "I feel guilty about smoking," where Shame is often tied to an internal sense of who we are, i.e. "I am defective." As a result, shame hits us at our core and can be a caustic force that impedes our ability to be connected to others. There are a variety of ways in which shame can manifest itself. It often comes through both subtle and overt social messages tied to what it means to be a man or woman. It can develop through judgment towards one's self, or aversion to part of who we are. It can develop as a result of conflict between our belief system and our internal feelings. The process of shame or internalized self-hatred manifests when an individual turns on him or her self, working as their own worst enemy to police or correct what they conceive as a problematic aspect of who they are. Addressing shame involves exploring past beliefs, looking at cultural messages that might reinforce certain beliefs, and challenging those internal conflicts that have developed as a result of shame.