Philosophy & Approach to Psychotherapy
People often seek therapy when they are trying to answer an unresolved question. Why am I feeling like this? How could I be happier? Which choice do I make? What should I do? Why can't I move on? How do I get "unstuck?" It is my belief that we already hold the answers to our own questions and that through the process of therapy we learn how to sift through the distractions – the obtrusive or negative thoughts, the overwhelming feelings, the grip of past experiences and patterns of relating, the pressures of society, etc.– to allow these answers to rise up and emerge into our consciousness. And as we become more aware, we are empowered to take action and make significant change.
I view psychotherapy as a collaborative relationship between two people. You are the expert on your life and it is my role to facilitate you uncovering and listening to your own voice, and in so doing, opening a pathway to be your most authentic self.
My background is primarily psychodynamic, and as an art therapist, I am trained to work with both verbal and non-verbal communication. Whether you choose to express yourself in images or words — and it is always your choice — we will work together to raise the awareness and insight that allows for change to take place. My approach is client-centered and I draw from various theoretical orientations, with emphasis on the interpersonal/relational model of psychoanalysis, trauma and attachment theory, the mind/body connection and cognitive behavioral therapy. Using a mixture of curiosity, humor, empathy and gentle questioning, I will adapt to an approach that is best suited to help you feel better.
It is a challenging and exhilarating task to undertake the journey to know oneself fully and to experience all parts of oneself. We each have a unique story and it is my privilege and honor to bear witness to yours.