My Approach to Helping
Sometimes our old ways of coping no longer work for us. We are ready for less stress and more happiness, but aren't sure how to get there. Without awareness of our current experience (mental, physical, emotional and behavioral), we easily fall into old ways of coping that no longer support our health and happiness.
I will support you to identify, explore, and remove obstacles to your wellbeing and unleash your innate capacity for healing, resilience, and joy. I will not only guide you to a better understanding of yourself and others, but also offer you practical tools that will inform therapy both in and out of session.
Any effective therapy is strongly determined by the therapeutic connection. Therapy builds awareness not only of what holds us back, but also our deepest inner strengths. When we “shine the light of awareness” on our lives we can begin to cultivate positive change. Together, we will create a safe, compassionate, unconditionally accepting space where all of the challenges and joys of human life can be shared in service of greater wellbeing. This relational approach not only lays the groundwork for deepening internal wisdom, but also supports new ways of interacting with others and the world around us.
While my professional specialization is mindfulness-based interventions, practical mindfulness skills are not appropriate for every client. Together we will determine what is most supportive for you based on your needs and goals. The practice still strongly informs the interrelational dynamics of our relationship due to my own practice of awareness. Whether practically or figuratively, mindfulness offers a support for therapeutic change, helps develop clarity to recognize unskillful patterns, allows freedom to choose our responses and empowers positive changes in our lives.