My Approach to Helping
We all need help sometimes. Relationships, career, family, money, health, sex--each aspect of our lives is affected by our histories (what we bring with us from the past) and our habits (how we reflexively respond in the moment). Therapy is a place to take a deep look at ourselves, to turn over all the puzzle pieces and discover how they connect and make a picture. Being aware of what shapes our behaviors and responses gives us some leverage--to make choices that bring us more joy, satisfaction, and energy.
In working with individuals, couples, and groups, I draw on a variety of therapeutic techniques, 20 years of clinical experience, and many seasons working in the corporate world. By training, my style is experiential and interactive?I?m not a quiet "blank slate" therapist. Rather, I'll encourage you to notice your in-the-moment experience, help you discover how the past informs the present, and guide you in practicing new behaviors. Exploration can lead to choices and feelings that work better for you.
More Info About My Practice
In individual psychotherapy, we meet once or twice a week, beginning with a consultation to assure we are a good match. Individual work is the place to start in treating trauma, loss, depression, anxiety, career concerns, relationship problems, and a host of other issues our lives may present.
Couples therapy brings you and your spouse/partner/family member in together to speak your piece, learn to hear the other, develop skills to communicate and compromise, and work in collaboration toward an easier relationship. It can feel scary to say out loud what needs to be said?my presence as an unbiased witness and guide helps keep everyone safe.
In group, my co-therapist and I meet weekly with members. Group is a powerful setting in which to learn about how others experience you, how you let yourself become known, how to be genuinely present and connected, and how our relationships can buoy or bury us. Typically, people start in individual and add or switch to group after several months.
I provide individual and group supervision to new and licensed clinicians. I am a certified Maryland supervisor for clinical social workers.