My Approach to Helping
Existential therapy forms the foundation of my psychotherapy practice. This approach to therapy focuses on how human beings construct meaning in the face of life's inescapable and challenging realities. Because people's experiences are largely a product of their environments, I help my clients find ways to make different choices and reinvent themselves. This enables them to become the architects, planners, and builders of their own lives.
I rely on a variety of techniques based on what works for you. These techniques may include cognitive restructuring, reframing, dialogue, interpretation, visualization, relaxation, Gestalt awareness experiments, bibliotherapy, exploring family of origin issues, self-monitoring exercises, attachment, systems theory, oppression awareness, and multicultural frameworks. I'm happy to discuss the theories underlying these techniques, as well as how they may help you in therapy.
More Info About My Practice
I provide therapy for individuals-(children, adolescents and adults), couples, and facilitate process groups. I also am a multicultural educator. I provide workshops and presentations that deal with undoing multiple oppression in both queer and communities of color. My hourly session fee is $100/individuals and $130.00 for couples.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Therapy is a journey that Therapist and Client take together. I provide therapy that examines the whole client through a social justice framework. When a client is able to see how the institutions and systems around them have influenced their perceptions; a light-bulb goes off and the magic happens. I believe if we can work together with honesty and integrity that the Alliance is built and we become accomplices rather than allies. Understanding one's own intersection of identity is key to the therapeutic work. If we do not understand how our multiple identities work for or against us, we are unable to move from one place to another on our life journey. My work and my hope is that the client is then able to decide for himself or herself how to then work within social constructs or not.