My Approach to Helping
We each want a life that reflects our better selves - where our fears, doubts, anxieties, and unproductive habits fade into the background. Or maybe right now, you just want to feel ok - not hurt this much. Since it’s often hard to make significant changes on your own, it’s a great idea to seek out a collaborator - someone to compassionately and skillfully accompany you on this challenging and rewarding healing journey.
I’m a warm, practical, intuitive, and curious therapist with over 20 years of experience with all kinds of people in many settings. I have always stayed on top of the various types of therapy that help clients heal and move forward. These include narrative, solution-focused, CBT (cognitive behavioral), ACT (acceptance and commitment), guided imagery, and others. My early training was in attachment-based therapies and family systems, which still informs my perspective.
Since I’ve found that clients typically seek therapy with an urgency to make things better - to reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of difficult emotions or experiences - I typically take a two-tiered approach where we make sure we address current concerns while also establishing a deep foundation for long term healing and growth. I listen closely and am interested in pursuing what is helpful, and leaving behind the things that aren’t.
Having become a therapist in my 30’s, I had lived the stress of service industry work, an ambitious career in advertising, and experienced several years of losses and challenges in my life before training a therapeutic lens on it - and believe my therapy work is better for it.