My Approach to Helping
Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for making meaningful, lasting change in one's life. I believe it takes courage to reach out for help and I meet this with respect and compassion. Therapy is a collaborative process and a trusting, honest relationship is the cornerstone of effective treatment. My style is warm and open and I strive to provide a safe place for clients to feel heard and understood. It is only in an authentic relationship one can feel safe enough to explore more vulnerable aspects of the self and then dare to take the necessary steps toward living a more fulfilling life. I know because I, too, have done this work.
I believe in gaining an understanding of who you are as a whole person. In the service of achieving meaningful growth, it is as important to identify and build on your inherent, unique strengths as it is to accurately assess the underlying issues and barriers. I appreciate both psychodynamic and cognitive behavior theory. I believe our past informs our present and cultivating a greater self-awareness about this connection can be the first step toward creating meaningful and lasting change. I also believe that challenging current thoughts and behaviors in order to consider new ways of thinking and learning new skills is another equally effective way of creating positive change. Therapy is not a one size fits all endeavor and often involves a combination of approaches. We decide together where to start.
Meaningful change starts with a phone call.
More Info About My Practice
While I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and families with a variety of issues, there are some areas I consider specialties:
Parents of challenging children: I am certified in Kazdin Parent Management Training from the Yale Parenting Center and I dedicate part of my practice to working with parents of children who have problems related to oppositional behavior, aggression, and disruptive behavior at home and school as well as children with more typical daily challenges such as homework routine, complying with parent requests, and engaging in social behaviors other than screen time.
Emerging Adults: I work with young adults, 18-29, who may require additional support during college (local and far) or are interested in exploring identity and values, independence from or dependence on parents, career options, and partner choices. Young adults in this age range often feel they are "in-between", not yet a full-fledged adult but no longer an adolescent. Therapy can illuminate the path forward.
People navigating midlife transitions: I work with women and men who may feel "stuck" between remaining in their current roles as stay-at-home parents or in a work position that is no longer satisfying or increasingly more stressful, while also feeling drawn toward a new experience that may or may not be fulling formed yet.
People of all ages who wish to learn mindful meditation: I teach mindfulness meditation to individuals who want to learn how to increase their attentional skills, regulate their emotions and be more present in their own lives.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I truly believe that people strive to be or do their best. Sometimes what gets in our way is not always obvious or easy to solve on our own. If we could, we would.