Suffering and emotional pain doesn’t have to be endless. Psychotherapy attends to the underlying and surrounding circumstances that perpetuate the difficulties you are experiencing. The therapy process offers relief as well as a way forward. Your relationship with me is entirely genuine and yet different than any other. You are the focus of care without having to contend with the typical give-and-take expected in other relationships. Our work together will support feelings of calmness, clarity, and emotional balance; however, sometimes therapy can be emotionally difficult. Some things are hard to face, but you won’t have to face them alone. I foster a safe and non-judgemental atmosphere so the two of us can attend to whatever needs attention. Some of what arises in a course of treatment is a recognition of your inner strength and capacity for meeting life’s joys and challenges with more ease and vitality.
The people in my practice
I work with individual adults, couples, and occasionally groups. I welcome a variety of people into my practice with different cultural backgrounds, personal identities, and from different age groups (18 - elder years). As a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman in mid-life, it is my intention to value your background and identity, whether different or similar to my own experiences. I invite questions about how I will be able to understand your personal and life circumstances, past and present.
My specialties and orientation
My areas of clinical focus and expertise include: relationships and intimacy; mild to major depression; anxiety, panic, and fears; mood fluctuations and disorders; questions of identity; anger and healthy aggression; trauma and complex trauma; postpartum stress and parenting; life transitions and aging; addiction recovery and co-dependency; chronic illness and pain; grief and loss; work-related problems; and support for writers and leaders.
My primary orientation is psychodynamic and psychoanalytic. Additionally, I am influenced by socio-cultural perspectives; mindfulness and somatic approaches; eco-psychology; and recent findings in neuro-psychology. My two decades of study and experience with Buddhist meditation and other contemplative practices also influences my philosophy and approach to my work.
Finally, you have a say in how we work together. Discussing this in your initial session is an important part of starting therapy.