My approach

I provide individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy.  My approach is eclectic, and I draw from many disciplines, including, but not limited to: client-centered, gestalt, reality therapy, relational, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.  The interventions I use depends on your individual needs.

 

Every individual with whom I meet has a history and story that is both unique and complex.  As a result, I avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach. I will ask for your collaboration in creating a plan that addresses your goals, and will offer input and feedback that is appropriate to the topic of focus.  At times, this feedback may be difficult to hear.  Please know that I do my best to choose my words wisely, and work from a place of presenting information that is meant to be beneficial to your process.  If necessary, I will recommend other resources, whether this is a book, a support or therapy group, a physician referral, or nutritional counseling.  I ask that you are honest and open throughout our work, while understanding that this can take time as our relationship develops, and trust is built.  

 

Sessions may focus on self-awareness, choice, personal responsibility, strengths and limitations, distorted thoughts, uncomfortable emotions, and maladpative behaviors.  Based on my training, I tend to focus on the present moment, including what one is thinking, feeling, or experiencing in order to develop more awareness of self.  Greater awareness gives us choice, and allows us to take control over our next steps - whether this is staying the same, or changing. 

In order to get to know you, I will ask you questions about your family of origin, as I believe where we come from and who we come from impacts who we are today, including our view of self, others, and the world.  It’s important that we periodically check in with one another to determine whether we remain a good fit, and whether you feel as if you’re benefiting from our work together.  I appreciate feedback, both on what works, and on what doesn’t work.  I am constantly learning and growing in the work that I do, and do my best to avoid becoming stagnant and rigid in my approach.

I may, at times, recommend homework between sessions, whether this a worksheet, a reading, a mindfulness exercise, a breathing or relaxation exercise, journaling, keeping a mood diary, or trying an experiment (i.e. initiating a difficult conversation with a particular individual, exposing yourself to something your fear, such as a social situation, etc.).

I strongly believe that what you put into the therapy process, you will get out of the therapy experience. 

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