My Approach to Helping
When selecting a therapist, it is important that one feels safe and understood. My ability to establish a nonjudgemental, collaborative connection allows us to create a shared understanding of your history and circumstances, and a focus for working together. I have an informal, conversational style and provide a safe and confidential place where people can share their unique personal story. With 30 years of experience working with those with anxiety, depression, relationship problems and substance abuse, I have come to appreciate how we are shaped by our history and habits. Difficulties and transitions sometimes offer an opportunity to create new awareness, develop skills to improve relationships, and enhance coping strategies. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and couples. I also enjoy educating and coaching people in the skills needed to create stable and rewarding relationships, manage life transitions, and address negative patterns of thought and behavior.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work with adolescents and adults who are experiencing difficulty in relationships, anxiety and mood problems, or struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Successfully managing the transitions of young adulthood, mid-life, and retirement are crucial to happiness, productivity, and access to creativity. I work with young people around the high pressure of high school and college, and in finding a vocational direction. I also work with couples in managing conflict and stress around parenting, extended family, finances, and the demands of work. I see individuals and families affected by chronic medical conditions. Receiving support at these crucial junctures can protect mental and physical health, and preserve important relationships.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The experience of safety and connection in therapy is extremely important and predictive of a fruitful therapy experience. Research suggests that the gains made in psychotherapy endure well beyond the therapy experience. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to notice patterns in thought and behavior in a safe setting. People who have been injured or betrayed in important relationships can benefit from engaging in a safe, supportive relationship in which they can relate these experiences and address issues of fear and trust. I believe that people have an inherent capacity for healing and a desire for health, and that psychotherapy can act as a guide in this process.