Philosophy As a psychotherapist I often witness how we protect and defend ourselves from emotional pain. Unfortunately, these protective, defensive ways of living may lead to self-destructive, relationship-damaging experiences. They also sometimes lead to symptoms such as addiction, depression, anxiety, self-loathing, and unexplained physical pain and illness. I often see people in therapy who are struggling with any one of these symptoms or situations and want relief.
My practice is based on the belief that psychotherapy can be an important, life-enhancing exploration that uncovers the obstacles and patterns that get in the way of having a fulfilling, whole life. I strive to provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment for you to come to know yourself better in. I believe that all of your life experience is reflected in your thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and actions. By examining the responses you have to any given situation - including the interaction between you and me, as patient and therapist - aspects of yourself are gradually revealed. When you have the experience of exploring these responses in a safe, containing environment the likelihood of increasing personal awareness is enhanced. As personal awareness increases, your ability to experience a different pattern of relating also expands. This in turn leads to new lasting behaviors, reduction or elimination of painful symptoms, and more positive relational experiences. Although grounded in your personal history, the approach is future-oriented with the ongoing goals of creating meaning, strengthening your confidence, enhancing intimacy, developing healthy relationships, and gaining openness to creative possibilities.
Style In order to help you discover more about yourself, one of my primary goals then is get to know you, particularly your inner experience. As we examine your life experiences, past and present, analyze your day and night dreams, listen carefully for feelings and thoughts deep within you, and come to understand the experiences felt in the therapeutic relationship, we will gain a greater awareness and appreciation of who you are and what lies behind the behaviors, motivations, and reactions you have experienced. Exploring your internal world will help you become more self-aware and conscious of how this world within drives your current relational dynamics and life experience.
Approach The beginning of therapy is often spent discussing your needs and goals and determining a plan for treatment. I am trained in a number of therapeutic methods (long and short-term) and will share with you what I feel would be the most beneficial way to proceed given your situation and goals.