My Approach to Helping
Anxiety and stress affect everyone.
Whatever the cause- relationships, school, work, medical issues, existential or spiritual crisis, loss of any kind- it can be overwhelming. Important obligations and events might be avoided. Communication and connection can be compromised. Self-esteem, sleeping patterns, energy level, and mood all may suffer.
When you work with me, we will collaborate to focus on the challenging areas of your life, develop strategies to overcome unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior, and learn to understand messages from your environment and body. Through this work it will be possible to experience relief, become happier, and evolve as a person.
More Info About My Practice
Treating your anxiety may be the most important work you embark upon. In my career as a therapist, I have helped people with depression, phobias, addiction, PTSD, existential crises, OCD, grief, relationship stress, and many other problems. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety because I believe it to be a core feature of all of these issues.
We live our lives caught up in the stress of day-to-day life, often feeling stuck on autopilot. We might even be so worried and preoccupied that we miss out on important events, avoid communication and connection, and lose touch with what it means to be truly alive.
To attain your goals it will be important to understand the nature of anxiety. So often I meet with clients who have had previous therapy experience, but without ever having learned why anxiety exists or how it it functions within the mind and body. Once you possess this knowledge, we can more effectively implement strategies for change.
The word “mindfulness” has been in vogue for some time now. However, there are very few therapists who actually practice it, formally. In my (admittedly biased) opinion, it is of vital importance to work with a therapist who has a consistent mindfulness practice, most likely meditation of some kind. Otherwise, it's kind of like going to a personal trainer who has never exercised before. They may understand that exercise is healthy, but have no true experience. In order for the power of mindfulness strategies to work, you need a good coach
I have been practicing meditation daily since 2001. Having benefited from various traditions, I currently facilitate a secular meditation group in the Wilmington area. I spent part of my career bringing mindfulness to a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, and have trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the pioneer of contemporary mindfulness work.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
We tend to live our lives without ever knowing our true selves, lost in misguided negative self-beliefs. Psychotherapy helps us to awaken, recognize our potential, and find direction. This process may take time and effort, but I believe it to be the most fruitful, worthwhile work one can embark upon.