My Approach to Helping
In practice since 2000, I bring thoughtful attention to your unique history, struggles and ways of coping rather than applying a "one-size-fits-all" approach. In addition to the emotional support you'll feel in session, together, we'll gain a better understanding of why certain feelings/moods, thoughts and behaviors recur.
You'll notice I'm in dialogue with you during session rather than quiet and aloof or excessively structured and advice-giving. The essence of my approach is an exploration of those aspects of yourself that are not fully known especially as they're manifest and potentially influenced in the therapy relationship or, for couples in treatment, with your primary romantic partner. These include: recurrent fears, desires, habits of thought, patterns of behavior, characteristic ways to avoid difficult emotion, means to maintain self-esteem and ways of relating to others.
Here's what you can expect in session with me:
- A focus on feelings and expression of emotion.
- Exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings.
- Identification of recurring patterns of thought, feeling, self-concept, relationship and life experience.
- Discussion of past experience especially with early caregivers and siblings.
- Focus on your interpersonal relationships.
- Attention to the therapy relationship as a way to understand old and practice new interpersonal behaviors.
- Exploration of fantasy life including desires, fears, fantasies, dreams and daydreams.