Each counselor has a unique way of approaching his or her work.
I maintain core beliefs that inform my therapeutic approach.
EVERY human has the FULL potential to live a whole and healthy life - however this may uniquely manifest itself.
Change IS possible, and healing can occur. I can, however, empathize and understand being in a place where this belief is hard to grasp.
Genuine connection with another human has the potential to foster growth & further self-understanding and self-compassion.
Therapy is one of the many possible spaces that we can become more conscious, and therefore, more alive. I seek to help people find other spaces where this may become possible as well.
Therapy should be a warm, sacred, and safe space to approach any and ALL issues without judgment.
Person-centered view: Therapy sessions are catered to your specific needs. I will not approach sessions with any pre-supposed ideas of what work YOU shoulddo or what should happen. I walk alongside you as a partner and guide and allow you to discover where you might want to go and what your goals might be. After all, YOU know YOU best.
Interpersonal view: It is important to explore the ways in which you operate within your relationships. My clients and I explore life history, recognize certain interpersonal challenges that have occurred along the way, and begin to make moves toward reconstructing viewpoints or ways of being in relationship with others that are no longer proving helpful. I believe our therapeutic relationship is important and that it can be one way to learn how you relate to and interact with others in your life.
Psychodynamic view: Therapy is the work of making the unconscious, conscious. It is about becoming more AWARE (as hard and as scary as that is at times!).
Behavioral view: Often a more structured and directive approach is necessary, and behavioral therapy allows for this. I help you identify, test the reality of, and correct dysfunctional beliefs underlying your thinking; I work with you to challenge and modify thoughts and behaviors. Oftentimes, homework assignments are assigned.
Feminist view: I have a special passion for empowering women and helping them break through patterns that may prohibit them from reaching full potential. For many women, this process entails working through challenges in communication and assertiveness and encouraging self-compassion, love, and grace.