What to expect
Psychotherapy offers a unique space for you to speak freely and confidentially. While I give you ample time to express yourself, I also have an interactive style. From the start, we'll take up the pressing issues you bring in, and when helpful, we'll consider how your past and present experiences and circumstances are influencing your situation. The depth of our talking will help you access and address thoughts and feelings that lay outside your awareness. You'll learn new things about yourself as well as deal with the stuff that is hard to identify or face alone. While some of what arises in our work together may feel emotionally challenging, you may be surprised to discover that a good deal of what gets recognized in therapy are positive and inspiring aspects of yourself and your potential.
Transformation in therapy is made possible by the special nature of the therapeutic relationship. The connection that you and I develop is fully genuine, and yet it doesn't require the same kind of give-and-take that other relationships do. Together, we focus on your needs. Nonetheless, when two or more people get together, challenges can arise, even between therapist and patient. In the therapy setting, you and I are in an ideal position to identify and better understand these challenges to further your therapy goals and strengthen our working relationship.
I see a variety of people in 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 appreciate and value your background and identity, whether different or similar to my own experiences. I welcome questions and discussion 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 and anxiety; working with anger and rage; major life transitions; adult and childhood trauma; socio-political stress or trauma; struggles with substance use or co-dependency; postpartum stress and challenges in parenting; acute and chronic illness and pain; grief and loss; spiritual emergence; and therapy and support for leaders.
My orientation is integrative, contemporary, and psychoanalytic. I am also influenced by mind/body principles and contemplative practices; cross-cultural and social justice perspectives; and recent findings in neuro-psychology.
Most importantly, you have a say in how we work together. Discussing it in your initial appointment is an important part of beginning therapy.