My Approach to Helping
I am a strengths-based therapist working with children, teens, and adults. I partner with clients to achieve authentic relationships, clear communications, and a genuine sense of purpose.
My clients include adults changing career paths, couples working towards a deeper connection, parents and teens working to understand and respect each other, those journeying towards recovery from trauma, and anyone longing for positive change. I have particular expertise in working with anxiety.
I offer nonjudgmental listening, support for your dreams, reflection of who you really are, and creative solutions for growth and empowerment.
More Info About My Practice
Coaching as well as short or long-term therapy available.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I feel honored to bear witness to my clients' lives.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Going to therapy takes strength. It takes courage to make yourself vulnerable to a stranger, by laying out your flaws and saying aloud, "I'm not doing this very well. I need help."
We are all flawed. Some are better at hiding their imperfections from us and from themselves. It takes courage to first admit your flaws, and then to allow someone else to see them, and to take a closer look together.
There is also the possibility that once our "flaws" are out in the open, they may appear different to us. We may discover that they are not flaws after all, but a quality that makes us unique or a skills that we learned for a specific time and place that is no longer useful to us.
I believe that therapy can help bring to light the hidden strengths in an individual and can provide that individual with a sense of the unique gifts she or he brings to the world.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
We have met obstacles and the unexpected many times in our lives and moved through them. For some obstacles, unexpected events, and traumas, we had to invent new ways of acting/reacting/being in order to carry ourselves through that experience.
Some of those ways of acting/reacting/being may continue to help us navigate our lives today. But some of those coping skills are no longer helpful.
Therapy can help you to see which beliefs and behaviors were necessary at a given point in your life, but may no longer be necessary now. In fact, often the skills we develop to move on from an unexpected disruption in our life path (the death of a loved one, a physical or sexual trauma, the dissolution of a marriage, a lost dream), keep us stuck in that moment where we were not functioning at our best.
Therapy can help to identify these behaviors that are no longer useful, and also to help encourage or practice other skills that may be more helpful to us in this moment.