My Approach to Helping
I specialize in helping adults recover from anxiety, depression, and the ongoing effects of a traumatic or dysfunctional childhood. The racing, worrying thoughts of an anxiety disorder, the exhaustion and despair of depression, and an uncertain sense of self don't have to be a part of your life any longer. Through focused practice and support, I will help you learn skills to calm your busy mind, and reconnect with your deeper Self. My approach is nonjudgmental and non-pathologizing, and I am committed to your healing.
I love working with people with anxiety and depressive disorders because they are often highly intelligent, intuitive, and creative people who are able to accomplish magnificent things in their lives once their anxious feelings are calmed, and their energy is redirected in healthier, more fulfilling ways.
Another focus area of my practice is in helping couples repair old hurts and find new ways to communicate so they can reconnect with each other and find the comfort that they are missing.
More Info About My Practice
My therapeutic approach is centered around this question: Are you able to choose your response to the events of your life? If the answer is "no, not really" or, "not as often as I'd like," then we can work together to help you learn the skills necessary to change your answer to "YES!"
The skills I teach are based in mindfulness and somatic (body) awareness methods. Being aware of your self in the moment is a valuable tool that empowers you to adapt and respond to all the situations of your life in the ways that you want.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Quite simply, I believe that people who take the time and invest in their own therapy can change the world. My all-time favorite quote is from Howard Washington Thurman (b. 1899- d. 1981.) Mr. Thurman was an influential educator and philosopher, and a key mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. He wrote:
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
I love this quote because it resonates with my core belief that psychotherapy and counseling can help connect you to your "alive-ness" and your joy. Processing your past, finding help for the anxiety or depression that is clouding your aliveness isn't always easy. But to me it's worth it to be able to live your life to the fullest, and to have a positive impact on the world. I would be honored to be of service in helping you find your alive-ness, so that together, we can change the world for the better, one person at a time.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
As someone who has traveled the road of recovering from the anxiety and distress of a difficult and traumatic childhood myself, I can connect with clients' deep heartache and trauma of being raised by parents or other caregivers who were emotionally unavailable, narcissistic, or even abusive. As adults, we may wonder why we can't just "get over it" and move on with our lives. Sometimes we wonder why the same issues keep coming up again and again, even though we've "dealt with our past." It's true that we can usually understand in a rational way that our parent(s) did the best they could with the skills they had at the time, but our emotional selves may still need empathy and understanding to heal the wounds of a harsh childhood. Often, what we needed most as children was to feel like the adults in our lives actually understood us, and would take the time to show us they cared. As an adult, working with an empathetic and trustworthy counselor can help repair and heal the hurt that persists from a painful childhood. My own therapeutic journey allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a therapist, so that I can help others recover from a childhood that still troubles them.