My Approach to Helping
I work with people who are struggling to function fully and effectively in some or all aspects of their lives. This struggle might arise from chemical dependency, mental health challenges, stage of life transitions, grief/loss, or the patterns that arise from early challenges, such as childhood trauma. My goal is to "tune in" to where you are and what you are needing in your life today, to be responsive to the particular needs of the individual, as a support, witness and guide.
More Info About My Practice
I enjoy working with a variety of people. Two kinds of people often find their way to my practice. The first is family members of people with addiction or mental health issues. These family members often find their own lives overwhelmed by the actions of their loved ones and desperately need support and direction. The second is people struggling with compulsive/emotional eating patterns, who are feeling out of control and frustrated by the direction they receive from well-meaning supporters.
If you are in either of these groups, please call me. I may be able to help you restore some order in your own life.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
While people often come in to therapy because of a particular problem, and therapy can often help with those problems, I actually think the goal of therapy is to restore in you a sense of balance and of your own capacity to handle the problems life throws your way. Therapy is an opportunity to find inner resources you may have lost track of or never even knew you had. In the end, each of us is our own best therapist. We just need a little support in discovering that truth.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I mentioned above that there are two types of people who often find their way to my therapy room. This is no coincidence. I am the daughter of an alcoholic, something that has shaped who I am in amazing ways, some of which I am still discovering. I have spent many hours in my own therapy making these discoveries and taking charge of who I am and want to be. I am also a compulsive/emotional eater and have found some peace in my relationship to food, body and soul. These and other life challenges absolutely inform my work and keep me honest and humble.