My Approach

I can do short-term, solution-based therapy with you or longer in-depth therapy. Often, clients come in wanting help with a specific problem. Once some solution has been found, they leave feeling relieved. Other times that initial focus gradually evolves into something more global such as looking at reoccurring patterns in one’s life or past trauma. Then the therapy becomes more comprehensive and transformative.

In either case, establishing a comfortable relationship where you feel safe and supported is extremely important. I will be kind and respectful and will honor you for opening yourself up to the possibility of healing and growth. I want to see you for the person you are, to understand how it feels to be you, and to respect you for all the difficult experiences you have been through. Working together with you collaboratively, we will identify things you would like to change in your life. We will establish some goals. Then, we will explore things that hinder you from making the changes you desire. Perhaps you have old wounds that need to be healed. I will give you both permission and encouragement to try out new ways of being in the world that are more fulfilling and satisfying. It takes courage and wisdom to seek help, but the rewards can be enormous not only in your own life, but in the lives of others close to you. I know this personally from my own experience.

I draw from a variety of psychological orientations. I see myself as a client-centered therapist who resonates with Heinz Kohut’s Self Psychology. I also make use of cognitive behavioral methods, gestalt therapy, sand play, hypnosis, and attachment theory. Empathy and compassion serve as the foundation for my work.

Populations Served

Children (over 5)
Adolescents
Adults
Elderly

Specialties

Aging
Alzheimer’s Families
Anxiety/Stress
Codependency
Depression
Developmental Disorders
Divorce
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
Parenting
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Sexual Abuse
Spiritual/Religious Issues
Trauma and PTSD

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