My Approach to Helping
Change is possible when we view our own experience with non-judgemental attention and curiosity, sometimes called "mindfulness." In psychotherapy, I offer myself as a compassionate witness and skilled guide, supporting you to bring mindful awareness and kindness to various aspects of yourself. We pay attention not only to thoughts and words, but also body sensations, emotions, images, energy, core beliefs, spiritual knowing, and more.
My approach, honed over twenty years as a psychotherapist, is directive, yet spacious, always orienting toward what you want more of (and less of) in your life. We work collaboratively to help you move from stress or stuckness, to increasing consciousness, satisfaction and choice.
In couples work, I make it safe for each of you to share what you are thinking, feeling and needing, even aspects that have previously felt too scary to name or ask for. I help you rebuild closeness and security within a relationship space big enough to include the needs and dreams of each of you. Together we can map out, and make sense of, the recurring negative cycles of interaction, and, shift them into positive "cycles." When partners "feel felt" by each other, the sense of connection and trust increases.
Please see my website for more details about how I work.
More Info About My Practice
Feel free to call for an initial 20-minute complimentary phone conversation. You can ask any questions you may have, and get a felt sense of whether we would be a good match for therapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Over the years, I have developed a range of effective tools to help people relieve anxiety. I work with clients using mindfulness, cognitive techniques, relaxation, somatic resourcing, expressive arts and assertiveness training. Clients experience increased comfort in the sessions, and leave with tools to practice and expand this sense of ease outside of therapy.
I have extensive training in working with couples from somatic (mindfulness/body-mind) and attachment perspectives. Partners find that, with my guidance, they can hear and understand each other with a kind of depth and safety that was unachievable on their own.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I am deeply moved by witnessing individuals and couples transform feelings of defeat or disconnection into hope, empathy and reconnection. I believe that the health of all our relationships determines the quality of our lives and the vitality of our communities. Psychotherapy is about bringing more consciousness and responsiveness (rather than reactivity) into our relating.
It is an honor and a privilege to support people in such intimate, vulnerable and courageous work, and a heart-opening endeavor!