My Approach to Helping
Your Journey Begins with a Single Step. Whether this is your first experience with therapy, or you have some previous experience to draw from, I welcome you, and commend you for taking the first step in the process. Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, and I believe that finding that right fit is an essential part of your journey. I place great value on the therapeutic relationship and will strive to earn your trust while fostering a relaxed, empathetic and supportive environment. I take a collaborative approach with my clients and will work at a pace that feels comfortable to you as I appreciate just how challenging this work can be. I work primarily with adults and see individuals as well as couples in my practice. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed or just feeling stuck in your life, I will seek to better understand your unique challenges first, and then work with you to gain balance and obtain happiness in your life.
More Info About My Practice
My work with individuals is heavily influenced by the theory of AEDP, or Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. From this framework, I seek to create a secure space where my clients can feel safe and share all parts of themselves, knowing I will be there with them to help “undo their aloneness” in the face of trauma, loss and painful emotions. AEDP holds that we are all wired for healing and have an innate capacity for recovery and resiliency. I accompany my clients as a guide, a witness, a collaborative “trusted other” to help them connect with themselves and with others in new ways by privileging the positive and increasing their capacity to recognize their unique strengths and adaptive qualities. The behaviors we choose, and the ways we respond to life’s challenges are always there for a reason. Even if you’re seeking support to help you change behaviors that present as destructive, or are no longer serving you, I will be help you understand the origin of these behaviors and how at one point in your life, they were created as a sophisticated means of coping with your surroundings at that time. My approach is always free of judgement and non-pathologizing. Instead with a stance of curiosity and compassion, we can gain insight that will empower you to choose a different way of being and interacting with the world that will leave you more confident and in control. I appreciate that beginning therapy can be a hopeful, but intimidating experience, so I welcome your courage and strength for taking the first step and invite you to reach out to me for a free phone consult.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
One of my specializations is working with couples and I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). My experience in this field began at the Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, where I was afforded the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy to veterans and their families. After completing my rotation, I came back to the V.A. and collaborated with the director to establish a Saturday couple's clinic within the Family Mental Health Program, where I volunteered for two years. In addition to my work with veterans, I worked with active duty service members within Aurora Behavioral Healthcare System for several years. I've presented at EFT "Hold Me Tight" retreats on the topics of forgiveness and healing from attachment injuries and working with couples continues to be a passion of mine. I am currently pursuing advanced training in AEDP, a model in which the therapist acts as the secure base for the client so that the client can work through overwhelming experiences. I have run groups in EFT, DBT and Codependency and I currently hold an 8 week course on overcoming codependency.