My Approach to Helping
As a therapist, I keep the whole of you or your child in mind. Everyone has inner strengths to draw upon, but sometimes needs support and guidance to (re)discover those strengths. I believe therapy works best as a collaboration, a shared journey with a knowledgeable guide working with you to reveal both the strength within as well as the barriers to change. Together we will think about your past, consider what is happening right now, and identify roadblocks.
Or, if you're a kid, we will play -- with purpose! I'll provide you with a space where you can work out what's going on inside, though you may see me as the lady you get to play with once or twice a week. My office will become a safe space where you can play out your worries and fears without judgment as I help provide you with a way to process them.
More Info About My Practice
I enjoy sorting through the messiness of family relationships and even the sometimes-knotted and tangled nature of working with parents who are no longer partnered. It's not just the energy, connection, and challenge of the work that pulls me in, there is also something wonderful about working with kids as they grow and develop, tackling problems before they become entrenched. I have a special affinity for the awkward tween and early teen years, which are full of growth and change.
I also feel privileged to work with those on the other side of childhood, to acknowledge the former child within the emerging adult, opening up space for living fully in the present. Being part of another person's healing journey is an honor.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
The best thing about being a therapist is helping a kid learn how to process "big" feelings without him acting them out. Or maybe it is when a teen realizes she doesn't have to be perfect to be worth something. Wait a minute--the best thing about being a therapist is supporting a twenty-something as he shakes off what he can from the past while integrating those parts that just won't shake off. Then again, the best part may be helping parents learn how to communicate better and work together for sake of their kids.
Or (maybe you've guessed it) these are all smaller parts of what is so gratifying about my practice -- being a part of someone's journey, seeing what a difference a supportive therapeutic relationship can make to someone's ability to be comfortable in the world and with themselves.