Helping you reach your goals
Gain greater insight and understanding
Reinforce strengths & address barriers
Evidence-based techniques & interventions
Non-judgmental, supportive and empathetic
It’s been my experience that therapy works best when people are comfortable enough to talk openly. My approach starts with focusing on the issue you came to address. I will be using evidence-based techniques and interventions in a relaxed approach that supports establishing a connection. Research indicates that the connection you feel with your therapist is one of the most important factors in effectiveness. I’ll use reflective listening, humor and questions to keep the progress moving forward. In the “About Me” section of my website I share that I have had my own experience with behavior change. Our sessions won’t be about me but I will draw on my experience as a clinician as well as my own lessons in change to help you find your path. This technique, called “use of self”, reminds us of our common experience of being human and the challenges and joys life experience can bring.
I couldn’t be more excited to be working with people who are in the same position I found myself many years ago, people who might be held back from living the life they desire because of unhelpful or self-sabotaging beliefs, self-destructive habits, or negative self-concepts. It’s not about lack of willpower or drive to make change, it’s not about weakness, it’s about needing to learn the skills and habits that will keep you on your desired path. Life is not about finally arriving at perfection, it’s about learning to be at peace with what is, along the spectrum from wonderful to painful. At one time or another, we all struggle along the way, the trick is in learning to get up. And if you are down, I look forward to helping you up. If you are generally well, but have a habit or pattern of behavior that you would like to change, we can develop an effective path to achieve your goal.
My approach is one to keep you focused on your goal to avoid the risk of getting lost in the past. Understanding the past is important, but that alone is often not enough to change present-day beliefs and habits that might be contributing to the problem that brought you to therapy.
You might be dealing with issues including insomnia, procrastination, unhelpful family and/or relationship patterns, depression and/or anxiety. You might be at a point of crisis or simply knowing there is benefit in working on your best self. I can provide tools and teach you to change unhelpful beliefs toward a supportive style of thinking that mobilizes your strengths in problem-solving. In general my goal will be to help you understand and accept yourself utilizing a non-judgmental, empathic and supportive approach, coupled with making and experiencing the changes you desire. I will ask you questions and provide reflection and feedback while we spend time exploring and addressing the problem, how your thoughts support the problem and prevent change, and how the problem exists in relation to others and relationships.