My Approach to Helping
A variety of factors affect your life's path and your struggles. Understanding the ways in which your development and environment work together is key to helping you understand your emotions, behavior, sense of identity, and relational patterns. Whether you are navigating a crisis or are troubled by unhealthy patterns in your mood or relationships, I can help forge a pathway out of suffering and into an expanded awareness of opportunities for fulfillment.
More Info About My Practice
I work with adults, and teenagers in both psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The inherent trauma involved in the act of living.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy needs to be tailored to meet your present needs, and such tailoring can take the form of supportive interactions, exploratory expeditions into both conscious and unconscious processes, or a variation of the two approaches. By shedding light onto problematic patterns you can become more aware of your sense of identity and your relationship tendencies. The point of this work is to reduce conflict and inner tension and to move on in life with more ease.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
You deserve a more fulfilling life. Something is getting in the way, and part of that something is not entirely in your awareness. My job is to help with your acquisition of insight and change. You deserve an equal voice in your treatment, and I work collaboratively and warmly. I will check in on how we're doing as we proceed so as to use your feelings about the process to good effect. We will talk about "us" frequently in order to both help with your relational insight, and also to discuss the course of treatment.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Only about 25% of people who have a need to seek therapy ever do so. So there are a fair amount of folks walking around while holding onto internal distress. What would I say to you if you are hesitant about scheduling an appointment? I would say try to think of this as committing to one initial session only. After all, you should be evaluating me and whether I can be of use to you as well. If we both agree that you should make a second appointment, or that you feel strongly enough about coming in for an ongoing basis we can make those commitments then.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
It somewhat saddens me that modern American culture has become so preoccupied with the idea of efficiency that the therapy cultures have followed suit. If you search on psychologytoday.com, or any of the other search engines where you may be browsing for different therapists or psychologists, you will read a plethora of enthusiastic presentations from each provider. Some may claim to even offer spiritual enlightenment, while others claim that they offer "solution- focused" treatments. Most of these presentations are usually based in each therapists own anxiety about having and running a business, needing patients, and presenting a billboard of slogans and catchphrases to give you the idea that they offer the latest and greatest skill sets. While it is true that different styles work for different people, you should know that there is a tiny minority of therapists (including psychiatrists, psychologists, marital therapists, licensed social workers) who go forth with the rigorous advanced training that is necessary in order to know themselves to the extent that they can be of sustained use to you. My colleagues and I spend years in our own personal psychoanalysis, weekly training, and weekly supervision. I have embarked on a lifelong journey of continuous learning, and I consider that process to be totally open-ended.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I view your personality as a constellation of adaptive and necessary features that you have crafted in order to manage the hailstorm of what life tends to throw at each one of us. As such, I certainly won't interact with you like you "have" some sort of "disorder." I will keep in mind your inner aspirations for less suffering while also bearing in mind that you have some significant and usually unknown reasons for feeling as though you cannot or should not grasp what you want. After we understand you more fully we will also begin moving toward some shifts in your way of using those adaptive personality facets, and we will do this right in the tool of our therapeutic relationship.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The length of treatment can be hard to determine, and prognostications are increasingly important in an age where short-term models are promoted by insurance companies and many other types of therapists. I assume that your concerns have more complexity than what some sort of instructional therapy can address. There is no reliable was that I know of, or that has been demonstrated in the empirical literature, to show that a therapist can predict how long a therapy will need to last.