MY APPROACH TO THERAPY​

My clinical style is warm, empathic, collaborative and client-centered. It is critical that the therapeutic relationship creates the context in which deep healing, growth, and transformation can occur. We are able to fulfill our greatest potential when we feel connected, supported and seen.

 

My work is grounded in research-based approaches that include attachment theory, neuroscience, trauma treatment, and systems thinking. Culture and issues of equity, power, and privilege always inform my approach and the understanding of self and relationship dynamics. Mindfulness-based techniques and humor are also integrated into my approach. 

 

Individuals

Your therapy is yours. You are the expert on your life, I just facilitate the process to get you where you want to be. I work to create the safest space possible for your healing, growth, and transformation. Through questions, feedback, reflection, empathy, and humor I support you in the work you want to do. I work with adults and adolescents dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, stress, divorce/separation, relationship issues, parenting, grief, and loss. 

 

Couples 

The majority of my work with couples is guided by Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research-based, empirically supported form of couples therapy. Its focus is on understanding patterns of disconnection and working to strengthen emotional bonds between partners. Couples often share they argue over the same things time and again, or that they have the same dynamic in an argument no matter the content. In couples therapy, we will work to identify negative patterns in your relationship, learn new ways of communicating, and strengthen your emotional bond with your partner.

 

Couples therapy helps couples to:
 

  • improve communication

  • increase feelings of love and connection

  • improve sex life

  • repair past hurts

  • experience more joy together

  • problem-solve more effectively

  • understand each other and your relationship 

  • co-parent with greater ease

  • have more fun together!

 

Families

Families are dynamic and complex. They are often the source of our greatest joys and most painful experiences. I work with families of all ages and stages of life. Families often seek help for a range of commonplace issues including life transitions, stress, illness, substance abuse, communication problems, parent/child struggles, loss, anxiety, and depression. Working collaboratively with family members through sessions with all, some or one family member, we will work to accomplish your goals for therapy. Sessions focus on the family as a whole and relationships between family members, rather than on one individual.  

 

 
 
 

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