My Approach to Helping
You or a loved one may be touched by substance abuse, or you may have been affected by another form of family dysfunction--and often, both. You're ready to release the grip of your past on your present, address your trauma, take personal responsibility for your life, and grow your self-worth so that you can begin to expect the best and get it. And if you're anything like my other clients, you're probably highly intelligent, sensitive, introspective, and have a great sense of humor.
I primarily work with 3 types of clients:
1. You're considering getting help with substance abuse or are in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse. If you're considering making a change and don't know where to start, I offer therapeutic consulting including a collaborative assessment of the problem, discussion re: treatment options including levels of care, referrals, and family support. If you're already established in sobriety or harm-reduction, I can support you with "Recovery Phase 2" including ongoing challenges with recovery, self-worth, relationships, and your continued journey towards greater levels of functioning and fulfillment.
2. You're in a current or past relationship with someone abusing substances, aren't sure how to support them, and feel like you're losing your mind.
3. You're an Adult Child of an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Family. Not sure if this is you? I encourage you to Google "14 Traits of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic" and notice if you see yourself in this list.
Through down-to-earth conversation, asking the right questions to help you to discover your own truth, deep care, and a sense of humor, I can help you to create a life worth living. While I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet you where you're at, my primary modalities are addiction counseling, psychodynamic and contemporary analytic psychotherapy, and relational therapy.
In addition to my formal credentials and studies that span two decades, my experience of transforming my own life underlies my knowledge, respect, compassion and hope as a therapist. I've learned that it's entirely possible to find freedom from outdated patterns of thought, belief, and behavior, and to develop the self-esteem, skills, and agency to begin to live life on purpose. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and if you're tired of just surviving and ready to thrive, let's walk this path together.