My Approach to Helping
You are the expert in your own life, and if you choose to engage in therapy with me, my job is to serve you in your search. And rather than stick with one particular therapeutic technique, I'm prepared to draw on a variety of ideas and systems to facilitate your journey.
Most importantly, I believe in the value of the therapeutic relationship -- our best work happens when we "click," that communication connection that can be hard to describe, but you know when it's there.
I have tremendous respect for anyone who seeks help, whether it's to repair and revive broken relationships, to restore a life that feels worn out, or to simply enhance what is good. My respect for you is genuine; my commitment to work for your benefit is real.
More Info About My Practice
I've worn many hats in my life, so I have a richly loaded treasure chest of experiences to call on, in addition to my years of professional work and training. Part of what life has taught me: Compassion is the foundation of how I spend my time. Part of how I extend that compassion: by offering reasonable, affordable fees. Instead of working in our society's muddy 'healthcare' system that disrespects clients' time, effort, and humanity, I choose to provide services as an independent practitioner, allowing me to offer flexible hours and fees that work for the people I serve.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I didn't wait to live life -- I took risks (some calculated, some not so much), explored relationships and careers, and took notes along the way. Some of the consequences from my choices were painful; some brought pure joy to my life. When I found myself unable to feel a strong confirmation of self-contentment -- that is, I wasn't happy with my life -- I searched for and found answers that resonated deep within me. I found out that my journey was less like a path and more like surfing the ocean waves, and the trick was to stay afloat while knowing the moments and emotions will always keep coming and going. I'm not sure who I would've become without those hard times, but I genuinely like who I am now. And that's a feeling that's tough to beat.