My Approach to Helping
There is a saying in psychotherapy: "Start with where the client is at." My approach with therapy truly starts with where you are mentally, emotionally, and physically.
If you are looking for help with changing a specific behavior (such as cutting down on drinking, for example), I offer a more psycho-educational or coaching type of approach to help you establish specific goals, identify realistic strategies, and strengthen skills to support both. If you feel an overall change in life is needed, or you just want to feel better (even if you are not sure what's wrong), I use a more open-ended, exploratory approach to facilitate greater insight into feelings and behaviors. Whether it's getting past a relationship, reconciling complicated family or friendship dynamics, trying to understand problematic behaviors, or feeling more confident, expression of life experiences and their effect in a therapeutic environment often leads to the resolution of conflicts and beliefs that stand between you and the life you want.
In every case, I am acutely aware of how challenging it is to reach out for help and to open up to someone new and I strive to offer the utmost warmth, respect, and compassion.
More Info About My Practice
Over the past 20 years, I have pursued two tracks of clinical training, and offer an integrated model of both: cognitive and behavioral models, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These models rely on the "here and now" approach, and are well suited for brief interventions (a few sessions) and shorter-term treatments (a few months).
Simultaneously, I have pursued many years of training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, particularly from a Contemporary Relational model. Relational psychoanalysis and psychotherapy offer rich insights into how our minds work and how we connect with others. Engaging in longer-term treatments (1+ years) can be integral to really coming to know who you are, the necessary foundation for confidence and self-esteem.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have worked in the field of Alcohol Use Disorders since 2002, and work from either an abstinence or moderation-based model, depending on your goals. I offer an initial brief intervention of 4-6 sessions as a start to address problem drinking, followed by recommendations about moderation vs. abstinence, and whether additional treatment would be helpful.