My Approach to Helping
I believe that each person carries within them the potential for growth and wholeness. There are many experiences in life that may impede this natural capacity, causing people to get stuck in patterns that, while originally created to help the person survive, may currently be hindering their ability to thrive and find satisfaction in their lives. My job as therapist is to help people become aware of patterns that no longer serve them, get in touch with the resources they currently have, and identify and build resources they need to develop in order to have more choices available within themselves. I hold a deeply respectful, collaborative space for inner exploration and draw from the fields of client centered, somatic and mindfulness based approaches.
More Info About My Practice
I offer a free 1/2 hour in person consultation. My fee is $120 per session. I sometimes offer a sliding scale, please inquire if needed.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy sets aside time in the week for reflection. It provides a supportive environment in which to reconnect with yourself, to feel what you are feeling, to value yourself, to express yourself in the presence of an empathic other, and to move towards growth and healing. Therapy helps you get to really know yourself better, and helps you to learn love and compassion for yourself along the way. Therapy can help you to become aware of often unconscious interaction patterns (how you treat yourself and others) that you have picked up throughout your life. When you become aware of these patterns you can then evaluate if they are helping you and if they are hindering you, and learn how to create new patterns of interaction that lead to more satisfaction and connection.
My Therapy Focus
I focus on helping my clients learn healthy patterns of relating, foster compassion for the self, access inner resources, grow self esteem, practice healthy boundaries, and connect deeply with themselves and others.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
In order to do the often vulnerable work of therapy, you have to feel comfortable with the therapist you choose to work with. I give particular attention to creating safety in the room throughout the therapeutic process and welcome collaboration in this process.