My Approach to Helping
I offer a warm, focused, and practical hybrid of psychotherapy and coaching that is aimed at unearthing root causes of suffering and then co-creating action plans to help you disrupt unwanted patterns. I work from the premise that traumatic experiences and relationships--whether obvious or subtle, incidental or drawn-out--profoundly shape the way we see ourselves and experience the world around us. If you suspect that your inner life could be more vibrant and connected, or if you find that fear, avoidance, or simply the force of habit is preventing you from thriving, you may have unprocessed trauma that is seeking resolution. I have a particular interest in helping my clients set and maintain healthy boundaries, develop communication skills, question their beliefs/ assumptions about themselves and others, and learn how to be vulnerable and take risks.
I am queer-identified and specialize in working with clients across a broad range of non-normative sexual and gender identities, and those who have unconventional relationships (polyamory, nonmonogamy, etc.). However, my clientele is diverse and comes from all walks of life.
Psychotherapy is more than just paying for someone to be an active listener. Therapy engages you, challenges you, and supports you around your current suffering, and helps you find clarity and momentum toward future goals. It's a method of moving through stuck places and interrupting repeating patterns. It's a space where you can be completely honest with yourself and with another. It's a place to heal, experiment, grieve and hope. And it's a way of offering yourself choices.
My goal is to engage the parts of you that are seeking healing and wholeness; to share observations and feedback; to offer practical guidance, tools and resources; and to earn your trust. The basis of my therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, meaning I look at the ways unconscious thoughts and beliefs determine and keep us stuck in present difficulties. I also utilize eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to help heal past traumas and alleviate anxieties about the future.