My Approach to Helping
I am an analytically informed therapist interested in depth psychotherapy. I view personal therapy as a vital tool for living authentically and fully, for improved life satisfaction, relationships and a fulfilling work life.
I became interested in becoming a psychotherapist while working as a parent educator. I could see how the process of raising children evoked early issues that parents then struggled with. I could see the intergenerational legacies that created such pain in the lives of individuals and families.
My approach is psychodynamic, while being very focused on the here and now, especially what happens between us or if I am working with a couples and families, how relationships are dealt with during the session. I listen carefully and am skilled in helping you to broaden your awareness and understanding of your patterns of being in the world. Increasing awareness promotes both self-acceptance and the possibility of change.
In both individual and relationship work I look for patterns of attachment, difficulties with intimacy and coping mechanisms that challenge you. Often these patterns and ways of coping have been important and creative survival techniques in early life. They developed because you were strong enough to adapt in needed ways. But adaptations as a child , made from a child's perspective,can become habits that do not serve us well as adults. I work to create a sense of safety in our relationship so that you feel supported in doing the challenging and sometimes painful working through of these issues. I am deeply rewarded by the experience of working with clients as they begin to experience an increased capacity for joy and connection.