Like many who find their way to therapy, you may be feeling stuck or unhappy. Maybe you don't even know why. Or, perhaps you do, but you just can’t get past the problem, and you crave a fresh perspective. You may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, even desperate.
I know how vulnerable it can feel to ask for help and embark on the unknown. As your therapist, I will ground myself week after week in what I consider to be my most important responsibility to you: maintaining a warm, safe-feeling environment that is conducive to personal growth and psychological healing. This means I will always show up with genuine interest, curiosity, acceptance, open-mindedness, and respect for your unique perspective. And there is always room for humor! Your trust in me is a privilege and an honor.
Do you want a therapist who will be responsive and direct with you... but in a gentle and thoughtful way?
If this sounds right to you, we may be a good match. Over the years, colleagues and clients have given me feedback identifying these as key qualities of my therapeutic style. I believe my career is fitting to my personality, because in both my work and my personal life, people often tell me they feel comfortable opening up to me.
Research about the effectiveness of psychotherapy consistently shows that a positive client-therapist relationship is critical for psychotherapy to be successful. I use this as a guiding principle in my work, always nurturing the relationships with my clients to maintain trust, mutual respect, and collaboration.
For some, talking about personal matters with a stranger can seem odd at first. But there are unique benefits to going outside of your personal network of family and friends, and engaging with someone who is well-trained in methods of conceptualizing the issues and framing the conversations. For those with intense, ongoing emotional needs, it can also offer reprieve for friends and relatives, who might otherwise feel helpless or overwhelmed by those needs.
Are You Concerned About Your Intimate Relationship?
Therapy can be very helpful as a safe and confidential space to explore what you need when you are unsatisfied or unhappy in your romantic/ marital relationship. Every couple faces challenges. Often a lot can be accomplished 1:1 with an individual therapist. When we examine the experiences you had and the role models you learned from in your own family of origin, we often find that connections exist between these past experiences and your current relationship patterns.
If and when couples therapy is indicated, I am happy to recommend one or more clinicians who specialize in couples therapy who might best address your needs. Sometimes a combination of couples and individual psychotherapy (with two different clinicians) can be the most effective approach.
In today’s world, relationships and families take many varieties, and are often quite complex in nature. There is no one model that works for everyone, and I encourage clients to discover what works best for them.