Working one on one provides a unique opportunity to deepen awareness, reprocess and heal trauma, learn to regulate emotions, thoughts and sensations for greater internal peace, understand relational patterns, and identify and heal what stands in the way of you being your best self.
Moving from a place of "I don't want to feel these emotions, they are bad, make them go away" to a place of "emotions are intelligent energies or information that are trying to tell us something important" gives us the opportunity to understand or "stand under" and mindfully accept the experience as is, make the unconscious conscious, and ultimately gain freedom from reactivity to proactivity through the relationship in therapy, the power of knowledge, and the reprocessing of emotion. The resulting movement and growth that this creates often reduces the potency of the painful emotional experiences and we are left with a healthier sense of being and happiness in the world.
I focus on helping adults to reduce anxiety, heal and grow in relatoinship with self and others, explore meanings and values, and to "Find Balance" in life.
Each therapeutic relationship is different, and as such, I do not use a one size fits all approach. I come from a deeply person centered and emotionally focused viewpoint, grounded in mindfulness, spirituality, existentialism, and the here and now process.
Most sessions are self-directed, with me taking an active listener, non-judgmental and psychoeducational approach. I am here to help you set and meet the goals you deem worthy of pursuit, while helping you to explore and process the content you bring.
My specific therapist toolbox consists of approaches and techniques informed by:
Psychodynamic Theory and Depth Psychology
Attachment Based and Object Relations
Person Centered Humanistic and Existential
Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused
Individual Emotion Focused Therapy
Mindfulness & Strength Based
Divorce, stress, anxiety, anger, struggles with life transitions, gender identity and developmental concerns are just a few of the issues that bring children into my office. Partnering with parents and using play therapy, creative and art, and solution focused methods help children and teens gain an opportunity to explore who they are, how they feel, what they need and how to communicate it. My intention is for them to take away an imaginary tool bag of practical solutions that work for them.
As the pandemic begins to slow and we get closer to returning to a more normal sense of life, the question of returning to both old and new social experiences and settings looms large. Let's face it, many of us have probably forgotten a few of our social skills. If you already struggle with anxiety, the challenge of returning to normalcy may pose as an even greater source of anxiety. If you are interested in joining an online (for now) anxiety connection group, go ahead and visit the Anxiety Groups page and contact me to schedule a time to discuss your hopes for this group. I look forward to hearing from you!