My Approach to Helping
When I am working with someone, I focus on creating a safe, welcoming space that is also engaged and challenging. I am dedicated to being reliable, getting to know you as an individual, and treating you with respect. I won't use your time to talk about myself, but we may use our relationship as one way of understanding how you engage with the world.
You might be interested in therapy for a specific issue (trauma, addiction, a break-up) or the reason might be harder to pinpoint. Maybe you feel sad, or empty, or angry, but aren’t sure why... or what to do about it. Maybe you struggle in relationships. Maybe you feel stuck. Therapy is a great way to get unstuck, rework what is no longer serving you, and realize your full potential.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
People are complex. We're shaped by both internal and external factors. People are also resilient. From early on in life, we find ways of coping with and adapting to these experiences. As adults we may come to realize that the ways we have been coping or adapting aren't working so well for us anymore, or have created new issues.
I think of therapy as a two-pronged process, involving a dual focus on present and past. One part involves addressing current challenges to manage daily life more effectively. Therapy can assist with implementation of new skills and this can bring significant relief all on its own. Sometimes therapy stops here. (If you've done therapy before but it didn't seem to "stick", this may be why).
The other part involves exploring your past, and how it has been incorporated into your self and your life... becoming aware of patterns that have developed over time. (For example, why do you relate to others the way you do?) This kind of insight takes longer, but has the potential to get at the root of underlying conflicts and shift existing patterns, promoting deeper, longer-lasting relief and change.