My Approach to Helping
First, I would encourage you to visit my website. I have three hats at this time: Health Coach, Therapist and Supervisor/Clinical Director. Each of these areas intersects and teaches me about people and how to help them live to their full potential. I will meet anyone exactly where they are and move with them to a new view of their life and strengths. It is my goal to challenge, support, teach, care and offer new experiments in the living of life for each person or group I touch. I am a feminist, psychodynamic therapist with a foundation including DBT, CBT, Gestalt, Developmental and Family work. What does that look like?? I form a working alliance with my clients and we work hard to weed the garden of their life and create a work of art and peace. We may meditate, breathe, talk, curse, laugh and cry but the goal is to not be stagnant. I love the work I do and have been growing in it for over 30 years.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is insurance friendly, homey and responsive.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My practice is staffed by experts in multiple areas of psychotherapy, nutrition, coaching and organizing. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, ADHD, the LGBT community, recovery from addiction, adolescent concerns, and learning challenges to name a few I personally work with food and body related anxieties, disorders and fears. I have been doing this for the past 30 years and feel I have a lot of wisdom and no judgment as people free themselves from the struggle to find self acceptance and love of themselves and their bodies.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I strongly believe that there are practical and emotional reasons for selecting a provider. First, the person must be convenient, responsive and affordable. If therapy creates barriers such as long travel time, it is usually going to add stress. More importantly though, it is important to choose by fit. It is wise to make sure the person feels like someone you can really sit with for a long time. I often tell my clients to come for three sessions and if there is not a "click", I will help them find someone who they "click" with. You should feel trust and a sense of hope when you choose a therapist. I also love my work and will share that - look for a therapist who is happy to be engaged with people.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I have always loved the book The Velveteen Rabbit. The part about the Skin Horse (read it if you haven't) and being loved after you are no longer new and shiny is really what I think about people who help others. It isn't the degree, the length of time at my work, or my knowledge of treatment and diagnosis that makes me understand pain and fear and worry over change. Rather, it is my own life story that helps me connect with others and know that change is possible, even if the situation is dire. I have felt loss and joy and hope and despair and it is the reality of being alive having had all of these experiences that informs my empathy as well as my ability to gently push others to change what is in their way.