What is your approach?
This can be a difficult question to answer, as each person has a completely different set of needs and expectations. Therapy is a journey; we have many paths we can take to reach our destination. I believe in working proactively and collaboratively with my clients to help define their needs and goals. As we move forward, we can tailor an approach that works best for the the client. For example, someone who is working on personal growth and insight may have quite different goals from someone who is managing social anxiety. Whatever the goal is, as an educated and intuitive counselor, I am able to use my clinical judgment and insight to work with you to find the best way forward.
While I do not believe that there is a “one size fits all” approach to counseling, there are certain throughlines in my work. I believe we all make the most progress in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Countless studies have shown that finding the right "fit" with a therapist is more important than the technique that is used. First and foremost, I am committed to making my clients feel comfortable and at ease. From that place of safety, therapy can help you develop greater self-awareness, gain insight into behavioral patterns and relationships, and understand the obstacles that hold you back. My goal is to serve as a guide to help you process, reframe, and re-pattern whatever stands in your way from leading a fulfilled life. Therapy can help you find a clearer vision, identify your needs, and learn practical tools to increase your capacity for love, intimacy, and happiness.
On the more technical side, I am influenced by psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, humanist and existential philosophy, Gestalt techniques, mindfulness-based stress reduction, depth psychology, and somatic, mind/body psychology. My 20 years of experience with mindfulness, yoga, and meditation greatly influence my work. As neuroscience now shows us, the body and mind are inextricably linked. Clients with complex trauma and PTSD may often find that talk therapy alone is simply not enough. In addition to talk therapy, I am skilled in teaching simple breathing and body techniques that help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as guiding individuals to understand where trauma may be "stuck" in their bodies. I am trained in both EMDR and TRM, two modalities that are geared specifically towards treating trauma.
And finally, I think a little bit of humor goes a long way -- there is plenty of room for laughter and joy on this journey.