My Approach to Helping
Are you stressed about work or relationships?
Are you concerned about a loved one? Do you worry about your teenager?
Do you think you haven't 'arrived' in your career or in life?
Do you often wonder how can I achieve my full potential?
Are you a couple or family in crisis?
My approach is to help you to build strengths and skills to manage these challenges. The enhanced strengths and skills make a positive impact and may result in improved relationships, increased productivity and lasting personal growth.
I create a safe and protected environment where you can begin to experience yourself without judgment, fear or shame and work towards relief and healing. My style of counseling is compassionate and non-judgmental. The process of facilitating healing and recovery can be difficult, and I pay particular attention to fostering a safe and consistent environment tailored towards the needs of each client. In essence, I help 'remove obstacles' from the lives of my clients so that they can navigate through the challenges in their lives with grace and confidence.
More Info About My Practice
I specialize in Trauma work and PTSD. My process is Psychodynamic Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). I am also trained in Dream Analysis.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love about being a therapist is that it is a profession I am passionate about. It is not a profession I came into accidentally. Being a therapist is a choice and a committment I have made to support and guide clients who are committed to their journey of growth and healing.
In the early years of my career, my focus was on the business world. But before long, I realized that I cared not so much for the business as about the people I worked with. I cared about their relationships, their satisfaction with their lives, and their ability to negotiate life transitions and tribulations. I developed a life-long curiosity about the complexity of the human experience and a passion to help people.
Hence, after a number of years in the trenches of corporate human resources (and two advanced degrees in business), I decided to follow my passion and transition into the psychotherapy world, working directly with clients in their internal struggles. I pursued extensive training as a therapist, and have developed the skills necessary to help clients to get support, guidance and clarity in processing and transforming sadness, loneliness and despair into meaningful connection with the world within and around them.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe that, at a very deep level, our ability to meet life challenges is helped or hindered by the relationships we have had in our childhood. The ways (defences) to deal with situations are learnt very early in life which had helped the child to navigate through life at that time. The same defences now, in the adult life, may not be as appropriate and could lead to dysfuctional relationships, stress at work, low self-esteem, anxiety etc. In our early years, we did not have a choice and made sense of things to the best of our capabilities. Now, as an adult, we have a choice and capability to look into these dysfunctional patterns and to replace the old habits with the new functional ones. Now this is easier said than done. These patterns were formed in the early relationships and I believe the changes also happen in relationships. Hence the client-therapist realtionshp is so important where the client could heal the old wounds through a healthy emotional exprience in the relationship with the therapist and learn new ways of relating.