My Approach to Helping
Do you feel empty, lonely, or lost? Do you feel bad about yourself or completely overwhelmed? I am especially good at helping people like you to identify their feelings and figure out what they really want. I believe that our feelings are the best guide to set a course for a more satisfying and empowered life. So often we ignore feelings and information that we need to make changes and find ways to take better care of ourselves. Sometimes we wait so long that we become stuck, feeling bad about ourselves, and maybe even convinced that there are no options. People get stuck in relationships, jobs, unresolved past issues, or even just a rut. Sometimes we put others' needs ahead of our own so much that we become depleted, resentful, and exhausted. As your ally and advocate, I can help you to learn to listen to your feelings, take care of yourself, find your inner strengths, and discover solutions. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of therapy to transform our lives. It can be especially helpful during difficult transitions, like divorce or a break-up. Therapy can be a lifeline when our resources are overwhelmed by too much loss or by chronic stress. I am a gentle, attentive, and respectful therapist. I will listen and also engage with you. I have been a therapist for almost twenty years. The most consistent compliment that I get from my clients is my memory of the details of their lives, which lets them feel heard and understood.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am especially good at helping women who may be struggling with depression or low self-esteem. Women so often attend to others, without taking good care of themselves. This can lead to a subtle, underlying dissatisfaction with life; there's nothing to look forward to or to enjoy. I can provide a safe place to explore, understand, and resolve what is going on.
I also love working with relationships, either with couples or individually. I have a talent for identifying and explaining the dynamics in a relationship. I can help you see what is your part and what might be the other person's contribution. I have worked with many people who are unhappy in their marriages and aren't sure what to do. Processing past hurts, understanding communication patterns, and exploring core values can help you to clearly see the next steps.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy is a place to talk to an objective, neutral, and open person who wants to hear your side of a story. Talking to someone who is supportive and nonjudgmental can be a rare occurrence. Friends and family sometimes want to give advice or tell you what to do. A good therapist wants to listen and help you find your own answers. It is important to find a therapist that you feel safe with and that understands you. When people tell their story, they are often surprised at the feelings they experience or even by how it sounds to say things out loud. The process of therapy can be enlightening, healing, and life-changing.