I believe an effective therapy starts with the relationship that we build in our work together. My priority is to understand you and your needs while providing an environment that is warm, safe, supportive, and genuine for you to work through difficult and painful life struggles. There is no judgment or pressure here.
At our first session, I’d like to learn about you and what you are going through and struggling with. Going at your pace, I want to get to know you as a person, not only the struggles, but also your interests, motivations, and anything else that makes you who you are.
It is also okay to come in for therapy not fully knowing what it is you’d like to change, or where it is you’re looking to end up. This is okay and actually very common. You may know that something needs to change or is feeling unsettled, though not be sure of what or how. The answers often take shape organically as the process unfolds.
Emotional healing is possible when we are feeling connected, heard, and understood on a deeper level. After first getting to know you and what you are struggling with, I aim to support you through an open and reflective process while illuminating and working through life patterns that create obstacles to balance, fulfillment, and feeling well.
Self-awareness is an important part of the process, but not the end goal in the process (which is often misunderstood with therapy). As we come to understand the deeper psychological, emotional, and relational patterns holding you back from where you want to be, we are more able to work through the emotional processes that have perpetuated these patterns so you can more freely move forward.
As an integrative therapist, I generally start with a relational psychotherapy foundation in our work. As we progress, I also utilize a range of techniques, as appropriate. These can include contemporary psychoanalysis, affect regulation, grounding, relaxation techniques, somatic focusing, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral (CBT) techniques, and others.
The approaches we will use in our work are always based on what makes the most sense for you and are decided together.