Therapy is a place to bring your suffering, confusion, and pain -- as well as your hopes and dreams. It is a place where your difficult feelings and experiences can give rise to wisdom, understanding, and a way to move forward. Committing to therapy begins a process of change that is gradual and builds on itself. The therapy relationship is genuine, and yet it doesn't require the same kind of give-and-take that other relationships do. My style is to assist you in fully expressing yourself, and while I give you plenty of time to talk, I engage with you regularly. While therapy can feel difficult and challenging at times, what often gets recognized are positive and inspiring aspects of yourself and your potential.
The people in my practice
I work with individual adults, couples, and 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 welcome questions about how I will be able to understand your personal and life circumstances, past and present.
My expertise 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 / internalized anger and healthy aggression / issues of personal, social, and cultural identity / adult and childhood trauma / postpartum stress and parenting / acute and chronic illness and pain / grief and loss / spiritual & religious emergence and integration / support for leaders.
I have an integrative contemporary psychoanalytic orientation. In addition, I'm influenced by somatic approaches; family and community systems theories; social justice principles and practices; indigenous healing perspectives; eco-psychology; and neuro-psychology. My two decades of study and experience with a range of meditation and contemplative practices also influences my philosophy and approach to therapy.
Most importantly, you have a say in how we work together. Discussing it in your initial appointment is an important part of beginning therapy.