One of the most frustrating and painful things about suffering is that it sometimes tends to persist and worsen even when we are doing our best to address it. Starting therapy begins a process of change that can bring about emotional relief, new ways of thinking, and fresh energy. Talking to a therapist is different than talking to a loved one or friend. The therapy relationship is genuine, and yet it doesn't require the same kind of give-and-take that other relationships do. Together we focus on you. The benefits you receive from therapy accumulate as you and I become familiar with each other and we learn how to work together optimally. I am an interactive therapist, and while I give you space to talk freely, I frequently engage with you during your sessions. While some of what arises in your therapy may feel challenging or difficult, a good deal of what gets recognized in therapy 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 severe depression; anxiety, panic, and fears; mood fluctuations and disorders; internalized anger and healthy aggression; adult and childhood trauma (personal and social); major life changes and life transitions; postpartum stress and parenting; acute and chronic illness and pain; caregiver support; grief and loss; spiritual emergence and integration; and support for leaders.
My primary orientation is psychoanalytic with an integration of other approaches. I have studied eastern and western meditation and contemplative traditions for two decades in academic, secular, and spiritual settings, and this has influenced my clinical work. I am also influenced by somatic therapies; family and community systems theories; social justice principles and practices; indigenous healing perspectives; and neuro-psychology.
You have a say in how we work together. Discussing it in your initial appointment is an important part of beginning therapy.