My Approach to Helping
Relationships can harm and relationships can heal. We have all experienced friends or family members who criticize, doubt, blame, bully, exclude, exploit or injure. A therapeutic relationship includes hope, compassion, honesty, curiosity, generosity, vulnerability, and warmth. As a clinician, I apply mindfulness to present time body awareness to help my clients build resilience to face life's challenges. My work centers around your historical wounding and desired growth. Our relationship gives you a direct experience of what healthy relating feels like. From there, you can take your increased awareness and ability into your personal and professional relationships.
More Info About My Practice
A particular area of interest for me is the family system, the unique pattern that a family's personalities fall into. As children mature into to adolescents they individuate from the family system and the pattern can be disturbed. I enjoy helping the family to stabilize by encouraging both boundaries and flexibility. I want to help families not just tolerate their final few years of living together, but enjoy each other and savor the love of those relationships which are most precious.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
It is an honor to witness someone grow. Growth can, at times, be uncomfortable and it is my job as a therapist to be there with my client to help tolerate the discomfort. But when someone truly GETS something, breaks through a long held belief, changes a destructive pattern and recognizes the difference - that's the payoff. I especially love this about working with teens who are changing and evolving rapidly. Having an objective adult presence to be close with can make a world of difference in a young person's life. I want to be that person for your child.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I am from a divorced family and that experience propelled me into my own healing journey. After repeating dysfunctional relationship patterns in my 20s and 30s, I realized I was attempting to reenact my parent's breakup and have some retroactive control over the heartbreak dealt to me as a teen. Many years of personal and marriage counseling later, I am happy to report my family is thriving, both my family of origin and the family I created! I believe in psychotherapy as a vehicle for healing and growth.