My Approach to Helping
I am interested in helping individuals and families navigate the psychological challenges inherent in modern living. These challenges often are expressed in the initial symptom that brings a person to psychotherapy in the first place. It may be depression, anxiety, or conflict in the person's relationships. Or it may be an inability to go forward in the same way one has previously, or the feeling of being 'stuck.' Together, we work to discover the meaning of the symptom, or the message that is being communicated so that an appropriate solution or course of action may be undertaken. It is especially gratifying to me to see the ways that people's lives can change after a committed effort in psychotherapy. New possibilities emerge in a person's life that previously were unattainable.
My approach as a psychologist is integrative. Just as no two people are alike, no two therapies will be the same. This is the 'art' of therapy. Each therapy naturally evolves from the personality of the therapist and that of the patient. In my work, I draw on traditional models of psychotherapy such as developmental, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and psychodynamic theory and practice. I also incorporate energy psychology, mindfulness, and new developments in neuropsychology in my work with individuals, when appropriate. Energy psychology involves work with chakras, meridians and electromagnetic activity of the body. It is very effective in facilitating rapid change in a relatively short amount of time and has been demonstrated to be highly effective particularly in the treatment of trauma. My approach with couples is based on the work of John Gottman. His is a research-based method that is very successful in treating relationship issues by identifying aspects of the relationship that are in trouble and tailoring interventions to address these areas while building on a couple's strengths. Whether treating individuals or families, my ultimate goal is to relieve suffering and assist in creation of a meaningful life.