My Approach to Helping
Past experiences can shatter the lens through which you view yourself and your life. I will meet you, with unconditional acceptance to lead you toward the life you deserve. In my 30 years of practicing psychotherapy, I have found the number one predictor of therapeutic success is our therapeutic relationship. Moving at your pace, we will process your experience by moving through it so you can find relief and rediscover a wiser you.
More Info About My Practice
As I mentioned, our therapeutic bond is essential to your growth and healing. Additionally, I am trained in a variety of methods that help to accelerate the process of helping you, including, but not limited to, talk therapy, EMDR and hypnotherapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Specific issues I am skilled at helping with include: Diagnosing adult autism, autism in females, grief and loss, trauma, victims of emotional abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy can help in a number of ways. Having someone to talk to who is a trained professional who is empathic and non-judgmental can help you because you are not alone in this. Sometimes getting validation for your thought, feelings from someone who is not a friend or family member can go a long way toward healing. Hearing yourself aloud is another way that talk therapy can provide insight into oneself. A good therapist will know you well - your history, strenghts, weaknesses, personality type, what triggers you and how you cope, and help you evaluate what's working and what's not. The therapist is a guide to listen, help you hear yourself, and provide tools to assist you as needed.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
My view on the purpose of psychotherapy is to join in a therapeutic alliance in order to guide you through the obstacles you present to yourself andor the obstacles presntin your life -- so you can experience the joy of living authentically.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love getting to know people as a psychologist and understanding what experiences have shaped them. The true joy of my work is seeing people survive their struggles and transform this suffering into a better life.
My Role as a Therapist
My job as your therapist is getting to know YOU and find out what YOUR personal goals are for therapy and COLLABORATE with you about our treatment plan.
My Therapy Focus
My focus in therapy is providing a safe and supportive environment, which includes the client's needs and preferences.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
I usually need to know your history, your current struggles and your goals for therapy.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
My guiding ethical principles are to do no harm. I protect clients and move at the client's pace.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you are on the fence about going to therapy, you are likely struggling with staying in your comfort zone or facing an unknown (in this case, therapy or a new therapist). When something is unknown, we naturally have fear about it. Education helps to reduce fear. Find someone you are comfortable with when you are ready and make sure the therapist is willing to accept feedback and move at your pace.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I became a psychologist because I wanted to help people suffering. My own personal struggles have helped me to understand that sometimes our stressors outweigh our ability to cope. This understanding has taught me true empathy for others.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Every person is flawed. Going to therapy isn't a sign that you are weak or a means toward perfection, it is a way for you to get in touch with who you are and how you want to live.
What Makes up a Problem?
A problem is a situation or issue for which we have yet to find the solution. A can affect many areas of one's life and one's ability to enjoy it.