“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Every person deserves to be treated with respect and appreciation for their own uniqueness, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identity, physical ability, and gender, and unconditional acceptance of others is central to my approach to therapy. I believe that the first step toward real progress in any area of life is to first create an environment of safety, confidentiality, mutual trust, and respect, where individuals can genuinely be heard, free of judgement.
In addition, I firmly believe that you have the innate capacity to forge your own path, and that allowing that process to unfold naturally and at your direction yields the best and most permanent results. As such, my role is to facilitate, guide, and support you in your journey, enabling a greater sense of independence and self-sufficiency on your part, and providing you with the sense of accomplishment, ownership, and responsibility that comes with all earned rewards.
Tired of “quick fix” approaches that don’t result in lasting change? My style of therapy emphasizes addressing the underlying emotional roots of our behavior, and combines several approaches:
Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic
I am primarily grounded in modern psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory, including attachment theory, which aims to dig at the often hidden roots of our problems so that we can learn to move beyond these old, unhelpful patterns and develop newer ones that lead to lasting fulfillment. Individuals who are willing to take this journey ultimately discover that they are not as helpless and chained to the past as they thought, and that with some work, changing old habits and behaviors is well within their grasp.
Humanistic / Existential
I am also influenced by humanistic psychology, which emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, as well as our basic innate goodness and natural tendency toward healing.
Finally, I incorporate contemplative psychotherapy into my practice, which integrates Buddhist philosophy and psychology with modern Western psychological principles, and which emphasizes mindfulness and self-compassion.
When you’re ready to embark on a deeper and more meaningful and effective therapeutic journey, click here to get started.