Starting therapy takes strength and courage, as it is hard to acknowledge one's own struggles and commit to addressing them. Often times what leads a person to therapy is an individual crisis, such as a loss of a relationship, a traumatic event or loss, or problems created by symptoms or symptom use.
I believe the therapy process has two steps (which can occur simultaneously). The first step in therapy is to manage the current crisis by developing coping strategies, processing feelings, and addressing ways of thinking that get in the way of being healthy. As the crisis or symptoms become manageable, it is then necessary to engage in self-exploration of one's life history and patterns of being in the world to ensure long-standing change and self-awareness. Throughout this process, I believe in utilizing the therapy relationship to not only create safety and support but also to mirror alternative ways of being interpersonally.
As a therapist, I work hard to be transparent in my reactions and thought processes while maintaining the boundaries necessary to keep therapy a safe and supportive environment. I like to be a real and active therapist, and I never underestimate the value of humor. Throughout therapy, I think it is important to evaluate not only how the work is going but how the relationship feels between the client and me. I believe that the connection the client and I have is the most important thing in moving forward and making meaningful change.
My areas of expertise are:
- Working with people who have experienced trauma
- Working with people who struggle with connection and authenticity in relationships
- Working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or self-harm
- Working with people who are in the midst of contentious separations or divorces