When you choose to begin therapy, a match is important to growth and change. I am direct, warm and will help you confront some of the more challenging aspects of yourself. My goal is always to facilitate living the best life you can.
Keeping that in mind, therapy can be demanding at times, and requires a lot of patience with yourself and with the work. We will learn together how to communicate about what is happening in therapy beyond the words that are used.
Welcome! I respect the courage that it takes to enter into therapy, as well as the feelings of accomplishment and vulnerability that can arise. Our work will be non-judgmental, active and collaborative.
In our sessions, we will work to pinpoint goals, to name, understand, accept, and weather the emotions you experience, to recognize those values that are most meaningful to you, to identify and implement adaptive ways of addressing concerns, achieving goals, and navigating life transitions, and to understand the influence of past experience on present ways of thinking and relating to others.
Unconditional positive regard is a staple of the work I do, which means that I refrain from judgement, and accept my clients no matter who they are or what they share. I use a variety of different approaches and techniques, like CBT, mindfulness, ACT, etc., but the relationship between myself and my client is often what gets the most attention, as research proves that having a positive relationship with your therapist is the best indicator of a good outcome.
If you decide to reach out to me, I’ll make time for a brief chat so we can figure out if I’m the right therapist for you.
At first, we will strive to learn if we can connect. We will explore and acknowledge if this is a space you can allow yourself to be seen. We will look at your challenges and strengths to understand how you have arrived at the place you find yourself today.
My goal is to create a safe space where exploration, questioning, discovery, and feeling are possible. I seek to be a partner who holds a light to illuminate the unknown places.
For you, this work may be challenging, perhaps more than you imagined. However, you will not be alone. We will work together to create a path toward your goals.
Irvin Yalom has described the relationship between therapist and client to be one of mutual growth and discovery, aptly using the phrase fellow travelers to describe this unique bond.
I too like to conceptualize the therapeutic relationship in this way, believing wholeheartedly in its healing powers. As fellow travelers, we will work collaboratively in a non-judgmental space; using the relationship we create to understand and heal patterns in your life.