My Approach to Helping
My presence is both focused and compassionate; I will challenge you to stretch when you are ready and able, but will check in with you first to ensure your comfort and willingness to try something different.
I particularly enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. I bring to my practice a unique combination of skills. Because of my prior background in the high pressured advertising and business world, I am sensitive to the workplace issues that you may face as a business or creative professional. Gestalt therapy training has heightened my ability to recognize and address the myriad of relationship and personal issues that all of us encounter.
You may be experiencing anxiety and depression; a life, relationship or career transition, including retirement and its challenges; you may want to improve your communications within a relationship or work on other couples issues, such as rebuilding trust. You may be wrestling with sexual identity questions, or other issues of identity that may have emerged, such as those for adult adoptees.
Therapy works best for people when they feel a sense of safety in the therapy environment; I embrace this truth and will be with you in a focused, empathetic and judgment-free way, as we embark together on your important journey of exploration and growth.
More Info About My Practice
I have been trained in the Gestalt therapy approach, and find that it benefits people with a variety of issues and goals. It is present-focused, meaning that we generally explore what is going on in the moment, but we will also look at important historical experiences and memories that you bring in. My office is bright, clean, uncluttered and offers and sense of space and order, which can facilitate your ability to focus on yourself.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you are already here and are searching through therapists' profiles, there is a part of you that wants to make things happen for yourself, to create change, to make things better. The idea of therapy can be frightening for many people, but the fact that you are here says that you are at least willing to consider challenging yourself and your fear. I am happy to have an initial phone consultation with you, and offer a first, 50-minute complimentary session, so that you can get a better sense of what the therapy experience can be for you.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We live in a world that is in constant flux and that presents daily challenges. Each time something new emerges (a relationship, a job, loss of a friendship or family member, illness, etc.) you may find yourself depressed or anxious. These reactions do not mean there's something wrong with you; rather, at some level you are likely frightened or at a loss as to how to manage through the situation. You may find yourself reacting in habitual or new and surprising ways... you are anxious and suddenly find yourself cleaning your apartment in an almost obsessive way... or you are deeply saddened and find yourself sleeping or eating more than you usually do. These unexpected behaviors are ways in which a part of you is trying to take care of yourself, to soothe the anxiety or the sadness. Of course, these behaviors don't make the underlying cause go away, but they do demonstrate a relatively healthy response to a difficult environment. We will look below the behavior and find better ways for you to cope, and eventually shift your experience.