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.