My Approach to Helping
"Come, come, whoever you are, wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving, it doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times. Come, come again, come." - Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
I hold therapy as a safe place where you can come, fully yourself, with your pain, lightness, darkness, and everything in between, and be met with warmth, compassion, and honest reflection. In this realm of security, you are freed to know every part of yourself and your life with an open curiosity. Through this growing self-awareness, clarity emerges. Clarity in your voice, the ways you want to live your life, the choices you make, the things and people you value, and the sometimes terrible things you may have experienced. With honesty and clarity in a safe place, healing occurs, symptoms lessen, connections grow and life blossoms into vibrancy. In working with me, you can expect to flow between a deeper exploration of your internal landscape or past experiences, to evaluating harmful patterns or cycles, to practicing simple tools and skills that allow you to breathe and connect in day to day life. Our work together will be adaptive to your needs, intuitive, creative, and steady. I strive to provide an inclusive space that respects the many aspects of your identity: sexual orientation, gender expression, race, spirituality/religion, culture, and country of origin. I also welcome couples of varying configurations, including the many variations of polyamory. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing if we're a good fit.
More Info About My Practice
I provide individual, couples, sibling, and family therapy. In addition to ongoing weekly therapy, I offer 12-week packages in pre-marital and pre-natal counseling. I occasionally offer couples workshops on topics like communication basics, connecting as a couple with a new baby, and keeping the spark alive. To learn more about my approach in each of these services, please visit my website.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Finding a good therapist is all about the fit for you. Therapy is a relational experience that comes to life when the connection is natural. That doesn't necessarily mean it will feel easy from the start, but it does mean that there are a few things to look for and feel out. Reading therapist bio after bio can be mind-numbing, but if you are able to connect with the language and imagery a therapist is using, it's more likely you'll connect with them in person. People experience the most success when they find a therapist that first allows them to feel safe, accepted and supported, then gently challenged with compassionate honesty. In other words, we first need to feel welcomed in our comfort zone to trust our therapist, then intuitively called just outside our comfort zone into a caring space of growth and learning. This combo can look a million different ways for different people, and move at widely varying paces. Don't hesitate to call potential therapists and ask them questions to really get a feel for who they are. In the therapy process, this is the first practice of hearing and trusting your own voice, an experience that cannot be overvalued.