My Approach to Helping
I believe that maintaining hope and creating meaning are essential aspects to living a good life. Based on that belief, I strive to empower clients to work through conflicts and challenges in productive and meaningful ways. My areas of focus include psychoanalysis and philosophical, existential counseling.
Both psychoanalysis and existential philosophy provide effective avenues to deepen your sense of self, to awaken your inner most strengths, and to cultivate a sense of your own priorities and goals. Both involve investigating those patters of relating that often stem from our earliest experiences in life, in order to generate more freedom and opportunity in the present. Such investigations often lead to greater clarity of purpose and increased self-determination. By using these frameworks, I provide a safe and vital context within which clients can explore the past in order to build a better future.
I work specifically on relationship issues, sexuality, anxiety, and depression. My unique education and background have prepared me well for work with diverse populations and cultural contexts.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is diverse in several respects. I am well suited for cultural diverse populations. I work with a clients on concerns related to anxiety, depression, sexuality and gender, and relationships as well as on challenges related to stress and worklife balance. Based on my own varied and interdisciplinary background, I also have a unique ability to work with members of academic and various professional communities.
My Role as a Therapist
My practice is devoted to creating a safe and nurturing environment for all my clients irrespective of specific background, issues, or needs. I strive to create a therapeutic context in which I can work together with clients to establish meaningful responses to the concerns and difficulties each faces. I understand my role as a therapist as a guide or facilitator to help you find meaning and make sense out of your experiences, emotions, and behaviors.
My own experiences and training serve to anchor this goal. My interdisciplinary training has enabled me to become familiar and appreciative of the variety of experiences people face from a wide swath of cultural traditions. Having personally lived in a variety of cultural contexts, I am also intimately familiar with feelings of living in a different and sometimes confusing context.
Similarly, my psychoanalytic training has enabled me to understand the complex nature of therapy from both sides: as a client and as a therapist. I use these experiences to inform my work with clients and believe it gives me a unique insight into the therapeutic process and the ways in which it can offer substantial healing.