My Approach to Helping
Finding a therapist is in some ways like finding a partner: some people are just a better fit than others. It’s ok for you to have expectations from therapy, and to want a certain type of therapist. I welcome your feedback, and work to create a safe space where you can grow. I offer medication with therapy or alone, so you can find the treatment that works best for you. I am trained in therapeutic approaches that help regulate emotions and restructure cognition. I am LGBTQ friendly, solutions and skill-focused, and collaborative. You set the timeline of therapy. I also offer therapy groups, described below.
I view medication and therapy as complementary sources of support. I understand that many clients are conflicted about medication. I respect all views. I understand concerns about side effects, and work with you to address those concerns. Your quality of life matters, and the choice should be yours.
Anxiety and depression are logical responses to challenging experiences. Many adults who experienced loss and trauma throughout life have never been able to process these events, because it takes outside assistance. I have helped many clients through this process and would like to offer you the same support and guidance. I offer video sessions after the initial visit, if preferred, to suit your needs.
More Info About My Practice
Scapegoats United: Do you feel like a black sheep in your family, like you don’t belong, or are treated differently from everyone else? Scapegoating is a very real psychological phenomenon. Some families have scapegoated one member across multiple generations, blaming them for all of the family’s pain and rage. This helps other members feel better about the family system. You’re not imagining it.
Scapegoated children often feel guilty. They suffer from depression and self-doubt. Come meet your tribe. Work together to stop scapegoating, avoid scapegoaters, and lead a better life.
Survivors of Narcissistic Parents
Mentalization for Borderline Personality Disorder
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Depression and Anxiety can be normal responses to life. No one's life is perfect, but some are worse than others, and we're all naturally more sensitive to certain things in life. If your natural sensitivity to a particular kind of stress meets with that type of stress in your life, it can affect you more profoundly than it would someone else. Depression and/or anxiety can be normal responses to life events. These negative states are not necessarily aberrant; they may be a normal emotional response to very difficult stressors. People who feel depressed/anxious often feel that they have no 'right' to feel that way, maybe because life seems good right now. But it was not always. If we have bad experiences and don't go through those normal emotional responses at the time, then they become trapped inside us. They don't go away; they just wait to be felt, so they can be released. This process is painful and difficult, but it can have great rewards of greater mood stability, happiness, and an increased sense of peace and well-being.