My Approach to Helping
I work with adults experiencing conflicts in relationships, in identity andor the experience of self, and uncertainty in overcoming life’s many challenges. In our work together all aspects of you are welcome, and it is my hope that we will create a relationship in which you find comfort and safety to be yourself without fear of judgment.
Because your unique word choices and use of language are products of you, it is my belief that close attention to what you say leads us to a richer, more complex understanding of your experience of self. It is my hope that our shared endeavor will give way to increased self-knowledge, liberation from distress, and empowerment to engage in life.
More Info About My Practice
I am a postgraduate, limited-license clinical psychologist working towards full licensure in the state of Michigan. As such, clinical work is performed under supervision. What is supervision and what does it mean for our work? I meet with my supervisor weekly to discuss case material and he provides me with feedback to help me help you better. Confidentiality extends to include my supervisor, this is something you and I will discuss more should we work together.
My Therapy Focus
As a clinical psychologist who practices contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, what I have to offer is a different than therapists offering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). What does this mean? It means that rather than adhering to an agenda or assigning worksheets or homework to be completed between sessions, I work to meet you where you are at in each given moment we share together. I place a strong emphasis on listening to what you have to say in an effort to help you uncover aspects of self and life experience that have been tucked away into the unconscious as a means of coping. Together our goal is develop self-knowledge, clearer boundaries between self and others in your life and understanding around different patterns of function in your life. My goals are to meet you where you are at in life, to respect the way in which your life's timeline of events (big and small) unfold in our work together and to help you make meaning out of how different parts of your life are interconnected.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
There is no wrong time to start therapy! I find that in my initial encounters with individuals, many make a statement along the lines of: "Oh, I should've started therapy years ago". I believe that people come to therapy when they are ready to.
There is no wrong reason to start therapy! Some people are concerned that their experience of distress or unhappiness is "not enough". Your life experience is fundamentally unique and valid--even you feel they don't fit an arbitrary threshold society sets for what is "clinically significant". If you are seeking support to know and understand your self better, that is reason enough. All aspects of you are welcome.