As your therapist, I engage you with a grounded, calm and compassionate presence. My goal is to attune with you and provide you with a space to feel comfortable sharing whatever feels right for you in the moment. I express interest in you, your life stories, your hobbies and activities and the ways that you solve problems. Together we will explore your personal strengths and resources, unhelpful and unconscious patterns, and both your unhealthy and healthy ways of relating to yourself and the others in your life.
My approach to therapy is based on a foundation of attachment theory, family systems, community support systems and communication techniques. I also integrate approaches that draw from mindfulness practice, somatic practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I focus on how you currently relate to others, your communication patterns, past relationships and the connections you build in a social context.
These areas of exploration increase our understanding of your strengths and the role that these strengths can play in your healing process. At some point, we pay attention to what feels like areas of “stuck” energy, somatic complaints or wounded family patterns. I will work with you to create what you feel are workable short term and/or long term goals to address issues important to you and we will devise step by step plans to address areas you want to change.
This can include a variety of areas including increasing a sense of personal worth, decreasing distress in your life, addressing concerns at work and/or in personal or familial relationships. This process also includes a refined focus on increasing your ability to be independent, live your life, love yourself and bring that love to building lasting relationships in your life. The therapeutic work ends when your defined goals have been met or you feel ready to move on.