My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is humanistic and relational. I believe that pain and suffering are inevitable aspects of the human experience, but they do not have to be a permanent state of affairs. With the help of others, healing and growth are always possible.
Ultimately, I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one in which you and I come together to make better sense of your situation. It is often during our moments of greatest suffering that we turn to others for help. While it can be tempting in these moments to look to experts for quick fixes, I ultimately believe that each one of us is the expert when it comes to our own experience. Nevertheless, we all lose our way from time to time. The events of our lives can often become so confusing and overwhelming that the path forward in life no longer seems clear; we can become stuck in old patterns of thinking and behavior that are no longer useful; we can become lost and disconnected from others, ourselves, and our own bodies.
In these moments, I believe that a meaningful connection with another human being is one of the few things that can help us to gain a new perspective, make sense of our situation, and illuminate the path forward. Most of the troubles that bring us to therapy have developed within the context of our past and existing relationships (e.g., our relationships with caregivers, siblings, friends, or significant others), and I believe it is only through a new relationship – a safe, caring, therapeutic relationship – that we can learn to understand, unpack, and reorganize our experience. In doing so, we can begin to see our old troubles in a new light.
As a therapist, I will provide a safe, judgment-free environment in which you can engage in this process of self-exploration. I will be a kind, curious and engaged partner in dialogue. Hopefully, through this dialogue, you and I can both come to a greater understanding of who you are, what you want, and what you need. I genuinely love my work and am endlessly fascinated and humbled by the myriad ways that people find to navigate and engage with their worlds. I have also witnessed firsthand the power of psychotherapy to make a difference in people’s lives, including my own, and I will bring this enthusiasm and experience to my work with you.