My Approach to Helping
There are many therapeutic approaches out there, but one particularly necessary ingredient for any of them to work: a new and friendlier relationship with yourself. The self-critical, self-doubting tendencies we sometimes learn from our families andor culture aren't going to do us any favors in the realm of feeling better or discovering new possibilities in our life and relationships. This is the context for therapy at my practice: we begin with a large measure of friendliness not only to the person you'd like to become, but also to the person you are right now.
Beyond offering clients a basic orientation of gentleness and self-acceptance, I am trained in mindfulness-based and somatic techniques in addition to traditional client-centered therapy. This means that in addition to talking about what's going on in your life, we can take advantage of really outstanding mindfulness and body-oriented techniques and skills. Bringing in mind-body, mindfulness and neuroscience-based skills not only typically makes therapy more effective; most clients also find it more fun, interesting and creative than traditional talk therapy alone.