My Approach to Helping
Every patient comes to therapy with different needs, and I try to respond in kind: I work a little differently with each person I see. I always strive to listen as closely as I can, but that doesn't mean I stay silent throughout my sessions -- I believe that therapy can and often should be a supportive but challenging discourse. In some cases I'm a warm and quiet listener, helping people work through painful feelings and express unpleasant truths; in others, I'm a more dynamic, assertive presence, encouraging my patients to take active steps to feel better about themselves. Most often I work in a psychodynamic style, but I can also use structured cognitive-behavioral interventions when necessary, or when patients seek quicker symptom relief.
More Info About My Practice
I am certified as an expert in clinical psychology with the American Board of Profesional Psychologists. I specialize in therapeutic interventions that alleviate depression, relieve anxiety, and enhance self-esteem. People often see me for assistance with trouble at work, help coping with stressful, demanding careers (or with family problems related to their challenging work lives), family or relationship problems (in traditional or nontraditional relationships), or unforeseen hardships such as sickness, divorce, or the death of close others. I often help people who feel stuck, hampered by self-criticism, or frustrated by what they see as their failures to thrive, connect, or succeed in life. In my practice, a strong therapeutic alliance plus hard work toward a patient's personal goals usually lead to a successful outcome.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
I believe that the most significant aspect of psychotherapy is the trusting relationship between a client and his or her therapist. When you're speaking in confidence to someone you can genuinely count on, you can express yourself fully and openly without fear of judgment. Thoughts or worries you may have -- indeed, may have had for many years -- which may even have felt as if they'd ruin you if they were discovered, can finally be spoken aloud. Self-doubt can be expressed and worked through, without fear of negative consequences on your relationships or your career. Seen this way, a psychologist becomes the ally of your best self, and can work with you against the difficulties you face inside and out. The safety and privacy of psychotherapy -- because the therapeutic relationship is like no other -- allows a forum for self-examination and growth that can be difficult or even impossible to find elsewhere.