My Approach to Helping
I seek to develop an authentic relationship of trust and safety, in which you feel comfortable and able to express anything that is bothering you. From anger to sadness, shame, and joy, together we can explore the many different facets of you.
I tend to focus on the underlying causes of my clients' concerns. My hope is that you achieve lasting change, not just a quick fix.
To this end, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns, which not only allows us to get acquainted with your true self but also come to develop insight into the problems that brought you to therapy.
How do you get in your own way? What draws you to relationships that don't serve you? What is at the heart of your mental health issues? What negative patterns are you repeating? How can some of your worst symptoms also serve a protective function in your life?
With access to your authentic self and insight into your problems, you will be freer to move forward in your life with self-efficacy and resilience.
More Info About My Practice
If you are interested in working together, call me to set up a first appointment. During the call, we can briefly discuss your reasons for seeking treatment and any questions or concerns you have.
All sessions are 50 minutes long, by appointment only, Monday through Saturday in the Van Ness neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
No two people are alike and no problem or disorder manifests itself in exactly the same way. As a generalist practitioner, I truly enjoy working with people of all backgrounds, with a wide range of presenting concerns.
Although I'm a generalist, I have expertise helping clients who have family-of-origin issues that are starting to affect other aspects of their lives (e.g., relationships, school, career).
I am also skilled at addressing a broad range of relationship issues, including but not limited to: abandonment, ambiguous loss, trust and commitment, break-ups, marital concerns, new parenthood, and life transitions that impact your relationships (e.g., moving, changing schools).
Finally, I am skilled at working with clients who tend to internalize more than is healthy for them. Examples of an internalization issues can include anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-doubt, perfectionism, and unexpressed anger.
My Role as a Therapist
As your therapist, one of my most important jobs is to help you say what needs to be said... To help you tell your story and give voice to previously unknown or unacknowledged parts of your experience.
Unlike other people with whom you form relationships, I am trained to listen to you on multiple levels, honestly reflect back to you what I see, and help you make sense of what brought you to therapy.
Because therapy occurs within the context of a relationship, the therapeutic process itself can help you improve your capacity for intimacy in your other relationships. While working together we may navigate issues of trust, communication, healthy boundaries, emotional honesty, and intimacy.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
You don't need to be struggling or have a diagnosable disorder (although that's okay too) in order to benefit from therapy.
Therapy is an opportunity to reveal all aspects of yourself to another and have that person share in -- and help you navigate -- the difficulties, confusions, and triumphs that come up while you're busy living your life. You do not need to be "flawed" and going to therapy certainly doesn't make you weak. Quite the opposite. I see courage and grit in my clients every day.