My Approach to Helping
I believe that the outcome of therapy is most predicated on the relationship between the therapist and the client. I offer supportive, non-judgmental therapy based in evidence. I use empathy, connection, mindfulness, somatic awareness, laughter and supportive listening to guide the process of therapy. Based in your strengths and aligned with your goals, I will help you learn how to develop new strategies to overcome the adversity that life inevitably brings. Together, we\'ll explore and clarify your personal values; what makes life meaningful to you? In this process, you’ll begin try on small changes that will enable you to move your life in the direction you’d like it to go—and witness a more rich, full and meaningful life unfold in front of you.
When working with couples, I teach relationship skills that focus on acceptance of differences, empathy, conscious listening and safe communication. Conflicts are seen as opportunities for growth, rather than as threats to the relationship. I help facilitate a safe space for couples to explore their relationship issues with the intention and to work towards creating a deeper sense of connection and understanding. I help couples remember that their partner is a mystery; experiencing a subjective reality very much unlike their own. Together from this understanding, I facilitate an avenue to openness and curiosity where couples can begin to cultivate a lived-awareness that they are a team; that they can either be "right" or be "in-relationship."