My Approach to Helping
I love being a therapist and believe that it shows in our work together. I see you as someone with a family and loved ones, who is seeking balance and wellness and a joyful life. I value your trust and want you to feel respected and heard. I believe that you are the expert in your life and that therapy is solution-focused and collaborative, and not about telling you what to do. I work between sessions to create solutions that will help you develop greater self-awareness and insight, and share them with you when we meet. I strive to be open and accepting so that you can feel free to be honest and real.
More Info About My Practice
I specialize in addiction recovery, specifically from gambling addiction and chemical dependency. People who struggle with gambling or substance use disorder often have difficulty with self-esteem, isolation, unresolved family issues, and guilt and shame. I understand this intimately, as I have been in recovery from substance use and gambling disorder for over eighteen years. That said, I've also learned that you have your own experience and path to recovery, and helping you discover your life in recovery is my passion and my commitment.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
The therapeutic relationship is special, as therapists listen with intensity, in order to truly understand you and help you reestablish your truth and sense of meaning and purpose. They are highly skilled at seeing in others what they cannot yet see in themselves. This skill is developed over many years of education, thousands of sessions, and a commitment to professional development, and is truly invaluable.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I'm grateful to be in long-term recovery from gambling and substance use disorder, and intimately understand the torment and heartache people experience as a result. This is my passion, and I am committed to helping others discover the excitement and fulfillment of life in recovery.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I personally believe that there is too much pathologizing of people. Although diagnosis is helpful and necessary, the process is subjective and much like selecting items (symptoms) from a buffet menu. First and always, I see you as a person, and will never refer to you as "the addict" or "the schizophrenic" or "the borderline".