My Approach to Helping
Life can be like a roller coaster. It may take us high with the birth of a child, falling in love, or finding a new job. It may drop us low mourning over a death, suffering abuse, dealing with a divorce, feeling immobilized by depression, feeling isolated or broken sexually. Sometimes we get stuck with no hope on the horizon. Although your troubles are unique to you, you are not alone. And whatever your struggles might be, fighting these battles on your own can be difficult, painful and sometimes overwhelming.
Your struggles are your journey and perhaps you feel like your road takes you to a dead end. Because each journey is unique, I use an integration of therapies to seek other inroads into your healing. One size does not fit all.
I will help you to heal your wounds, become more empowered, build your self-esteem and find your solutions. The strength is in you and the answers are within reach. My role is to help you find them.
Please feel free to call me for a 20-minute free consultation.
* quote by Irvin Yalom
More Info About My Practice
I use a combination of different theories in my practice to balance the healthy care of psychological, sociological, biological and spiritual; meaning, I do not see mental health as a solo concern but view all components as affecting one another. Some of the therapies I incorporate are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Imago Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Relational Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques. I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist for trauma. I have had extensive training in sex therapy.
Another essential piece of treatment I employ is education relating to both the physiological and the psychological; understanding the mindbody connection, brain functioning and how cultural myths affect our sense of what we perceive as “normal”.
Twice a year I offer a group for women on“Exploring Sexuality”.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
We are all unique and think, act, behave, and feel differently. Therapy helps in learning to handle challenges in a way that works for the individual, the unique you.
Distress can come from current changes and events or they might have existed for a long period of time. In therapy, we focus on your needs of symptom relief, problem solving or life changes. Together we examine your individual needs, concerns and or challenges; who you are as a unique individual, what coping skills have worked for you before, what hasn't and why. We explore what is getting in your way of progress.
Working with a therapist allows you, the client, to open up and to talk and work on things you wouldn't necessarily share with others. A therapist is skilled and trained to be objective and use their expertise on helping to find your answers and heal your wounds.
Individual therapy can be a few sessions dealing with immediate issues or can continue longer when dealing with complex and longstanding distress. Together we determine goals and arrangements for how often and how long to meet.