I believe that the human mind is wonderfully complex and that an integrative approach to psychological intervention is the only method by which to meet this complexity. I therefore provide a holistic approach to psychotherapy, flexibly using an array of methodologies, suited for each individual’s or family’s unique needs.
My approach is informed by psychodynamic, developmental and attachment perspectives in understanding emotions and internal dynamics. I am committed to staying abreast and trained in evidence-based practices and consistently interweave these methodologies into my work.
In therapy, we will explore the “here and now” of emotions and internal processes that unfold within the therapeutic relationship in light of your unique history and stage of life. I believe that biologically we are all driven by our need for connection-unmet needs in previous attachment relationships may continue to influence how we see and experience others, and ourselves. Therapy can help you to understand the influence of your previous attachment relationships on your internal dynamics. With new insights, and within the safety of the therapy relationship you can begin to experience yourself and others in new ways. Previously closed off aspects of self can begin to come to life and healing can begin.
While I use a psychodynamic approach to help with persistent psychological patterns, I also draw on my training in research based treatment methods including Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapies (ACT) to build coping skills and facilitate change. ACT guides us in using self-compassion, commitment to values, mindfulness and acceptance in order to create emotional and behavioral change. ACT can be an extremely powerful method to help us be with our difficult feelings, as opposed to trying to "fix" them. ACT can help us to take actions towards what is important to us, while at the same time, opening ourselves up to and accepting our emotional experiences.
CBT helps deepen understanding of the connection between your thoughts, emotions and behavior. This practical, action oriented approach helps to build the skills you need to evaluate and shape your thoughts so that you are actively engaged in moving towards the goals that are important to you. Research has shown that cognitive-behavioral methodologies are particularly effective for anxiety, depression and healing from trauma.
I approach each client with an openness to uncovering his/her unique truths, seeing each person beyond the confines of diagnostic labels or symptom categories. My goal is to create a connection with you that is marked by warmth, empathy, curiosity and attunement to your emotional world. I am humbled and inspired by the people with whom I work. I understand the courage it takes to open up to pain, face one’s demons and to hold onto hope for change. I see my role as a partner in finding what feels true, real and right for you. With that knowledge, I believe healing can be possible.
Ultimately, my hope is that you will learn how to become your own therapist, and be able to take the skills and insights we learn together with you outside the therapy office, into your life and your relationships.