I find it is essential to take a holistic approach that addresses every unique dimension of the individual. Many of us struggle with very similar patterns and yet each occurs in a unique context. The fact that the same symptom can originate in ten different places for ten different people requires a flexible tailored approach to treatment. I believe that we stand the best chance of understanding the origins of our distress when we can explore the many factors that contribute to it within a safe and accepting relationship that fosters an attitude of gentle curiosity. Understanding the root of our discomfort is important but often not sufficient in finding its resolution.
From my perspective psychotherapy engages individuals in growth through simultaneous top down and bottom up processes. Top down growth can be understood as developing insight and awareness that allows us to become more skillful about our behavioral choices, or more compassionate toward self when observing behavior from a grounded sense of self and one's needs. Bottom up growth can be understood as the result of being engaged in an emotionally reparative therapeutic relationship. Many of us struggle with painful feelings that can be traced to relational trauma, and recurring patterns of social difficulty. I draw heavily on theoretical approaches that appreciate therapy as an opportunity to participate in a corrective relational experience. The therapeutic relationship provides a rich source of information for understanding a person's relational style, how it works in getting one's relational needs met, and how it might not. Therapy provides an exciting opportunity to practice new ways of relating or embodying a new dimension of self with a level of safety that often doesn't exist in other relationships.
Despite the fact that therapy often requires facing some painful realities, for many of the people I work with therapy is a lot of fun. I bring my compassion, training, experience, and dedication to therapy, and in exchange I ask that you take chances: trying something different even if it makes you feel uncomfortable, being vulnerable even if it hasn't always worked for you in the past, and being honest even when it might be a difficult truth to face. My goal is to cultivate the conditions that make it feel possible to take these chances while challenging you both intellectually and emotionally.