My Approach to Helping
My approach focuses on "getting" you first, and then exploring with you. Each journey is unique, so my therapeutic methods are tailored to your specific needs. I also rely on certain therapies, such as mindfulness-based and cognitive therapies, that studies have shown are particularly effective in treating anxiety, depression, and a slew of other problems individuals or couples may face. I have been honored to work with some amazing clients who have turned their lives around, worked through intense traumas, dissolved anxieties, found excitement for life and mended relationships. As an attorney, I also have personal experience in issues facing professionals, such as stress management and work-life balance.
More Info About My Practice
I have convenient evening availability, as well as regular weekday times. Although I do not take insurance, I can provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance, if they provide reimbursement for out-of-network providers. Many clients prefer not to use insurance, as they frequently require a psychiatric diagnosis, regular updates on progress, and may limit the duration and styles of your therapy.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can give us deep insight into what is limiting our experience of joy in life, but, in my opinion, its major benefit is in TRANSFORMING us into people who can experience that joy. Insight can only go so far, and psychotherapy should be more than just an intellectual endeavor. I strive to integrate both analysis AND experiential processing into my sessions, using approaches shown to be most effective in studies. Psychotherapy can be hard work, and my goal is to walk with you toward the light at the end of the tunnel - not just theorize about it.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
A friend once told me, when I was in the midst of defending myself, to give myself "room to grow." She was right. By insisting that I was blameless, I was ignoring the chance I had to really grow from the experience. If I were really strong, courageous, and confident, I wouldn't have been so afraid to admit that I might have made a mistake, or that I might have handled that situation better. Her words stuck with me and allowed me to admit my shortcomings to myself and others. She reminded me that growth was possible, and that insisting that I was perfect was the weak thing to do.
Going to therapy is also brave move towards growth. It shows that we have the courage to honestly look at where we are and clear the path to where we want to go. Sometimes it is scary or embarrassing to admit that we are not perfect, but those around us already know we're not. It is OUR weakness or flaw (albeit a very human one) when we insist that we are.
Even the bravest and most insightful among us is limited to their own perspective, and working through our issues with a trained professional can be much more effective than trying to do it all on our own. With my clients, I do my best to make our sessions count - to join forces with them towards transformation with encouragement, straight talk, and training in the most effective therapeutic interventions. Therapy can be hard work, but it can bring tremendous rewards.