My Approach to Helping
My psychotherapy practice grows from the premise that in pain and struggle are also resilience, strength and even opportunity. Engaging in a therapeutic relationship is an act of courage and hope that can lead to relief and lasting change. You may be experiencing loneliness, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, loss, creative blocks or the effects of trauma and oppression. Maybe you are just not where you would like to be in your life. Therapy can help to create a more fulfilling life in part by deepening self knowledge, increasing resilience and mitigating the effects of early life experiences.
I work with adults, adolescents and couples in a patient, thoughtful, attentive, respectful and collaborative way to understand and work through underlying dynamics which may be outside awareness. I believe that our personalities are formed within primary relationships. Transformation/healing is possible with deep understanding and acceptance of another person.
I have a broad background, experience and training in trauma, art/creativity and community mental health. I directed a writing center at a Bay Area college for 10 years and have extensive experience with the emotional and psychological aspects of learning disabilities.
More Info About My Practice
Please contact me regarding fees. I have a sliding scale. I am on many insurance panels although I have limited room for patients paying with insurance at the this time.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
My treatment modality is psychodynamic. Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that one may not be conscious of some of the conflicts and beliefs that determine thoughts, feelings and actions. Sometimes these unconscious factors cause distress, unhappiness, a feeling of being ‘stuck,’ difficulties in work or relationships or finding oneself in the same situation again and again.
Psychodynamic therapy provides ways of understanding and knowing unconscious conflicts and beliefs leading to the resolution of symptoms and suffering. The therapeutic relationship itself is special in that its purpose is to study, understand and transform the patient, unlike in ordinary relationships. The opportunity to understand, verbalize and work through those parts of the self that one has not had access to is in part made possible through the relationship between the therapist and patient. This relationship builds over time and is one of trust, intimacy and deep connection which also allows the patient to reveal his or her inner world through fantasies and emotional responses to the therapist and therapeutic process.
People best suited for psychodynamic therapy are often those who are curious about how their mind works and think that their internal world may be part of what has brought them to seek therapy. Qualities that are helpful are a capacity for self-reflection, a desire to know oneself better, and willingness to tolerate vulnerable and uncomfortable feelings. A sense of humor