I use a variety of evidence-based approaches in psychotherapy, integrating them into therapy in accordance with clients' needs. My style is warm, authentic, and interactive, focused on creating an experience of safety and collaboration, so that you can do the work you need to do. I am active and engaged with clients, supportive and nonjudgmental.
Psychotherapy with me is far more than just talk. It is a collaborative, experiential, exploratory process that brings about a more expansive sense of yourself, your possibilities, and your competence. I put my toolkit and expertise in the service of engaging your potential, your self-righting capacities, your creativity and innate drive for development and healing. You will have clear, strong, felt-sense of your own change and development. Through therapy, you reduce or eliminate symptoms such as anxiety and depression by achieving a new way of being in the world -- being you -- that is more authentic, integrated, connected, healthy, and self-affirming. I believe that people know, on some level, what they need in order to feel better, and my job, as a psychotherapist, is offer a safe place and effective collaboration for you to do your therapeutic work.
To that end, I integrate a core set of evidence-based strategies and research-informed approaches into psychotherapy, including Emotion Focused Therapy, attachment science, AEDP, positive psychology, mindfulness, EMDR, and other trauma-informed modalities. To learn more about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a powerful, effective, research-based treatment modality, read about EMDR research and practice at EMDR International Association.
If you have not previously engaged in psychotherapy, you may have questions about what it will be like. Psychotherapy typically involves exploring your present life, including your relationships, circumstances, and how you feel, react, and make sense in specific situations, as well as exploring the earlier experiences, including your childhood experiences in the family in which you grew up and specific formative or impactful experiences. This exploration builds an understanding of where your patterns of feeling, behaving, and believing came from, how they may have been adaptive in the past and how they may be getting in the way now.
Exploring your life in the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship helps you change these patterns. In this exploration, tuning into emotion is key. Emotion is core to how we experience ourselves, others, and our lives. It is the vital energy that fuels us — our joy, motivation, drive, creativity, and connection — so when our emotions are blocked, suppressed, or disconnected, we lose our vitality and connectedness with ourselves and with others. Tracking and integrating the emotional dimensions of our experience provides a powerful channel of transformation. Similarly, paying attention to your habits of thought and assumptions about yourself and others enables you to truly get that these are habits of thoughts, and not realities or necessities, and can be changed.
Therapy can provide you with immediate support for painful feelings, stressful situations, strained relationships, and feeling stuck. It can also enable you to develop a greater capacity to live a fuller, richer life. Therapy helps you understand yourself, gain compassion for yourself, feel more acceptance from yourself and from others, feel more choiceful and in control, and more free. It can remove blocks to feeling good, safe, and connected, including hindering beliefs such as, “I can’t do that,” “I’m defective,” “People won’t like the real me,” and “I shouldn’t ask for what I really want.”
People come to therapy for a variety of needs, including coping with issues such as:
I work with individuals on issues such as: