My Approach to Helping
My passion is to help you feel heard, understood, and hopeful about the possibility of change. Some of the clients I work with are looking for support through a difficult time, or a place to sort through confusion. Others are wanting help with new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. And still others are working to resolve past trauma. I try hard to provide the balance of validation and challenge that you need during each phase of our work together.
In addition to basic cognitive behavioral interventions, I offer a mindfulness perspective to anyone who is open to it. This involves learning to be present in the moment (vs. spending a lot of time thinking about the past or future), learning to accept things that can't be changed, and practicing techniques that will help you feel more in charge of your emotions and your life. I also offer Somatic Experiencing, a mind/body approach.
My approach to therapy is client-centered and collaborative. I strongly believe that everyone holds within themselves a core self that is healthy, fluid, strong and competent. One way of looking at therapy is to think of it as a way to work through and let go of the pain and other issues that obstruct your core self.