About my work...

I believe  the therapeutic relationship is based on equality.  We both have to show up. I have tools and strategies that I can bring to the process, as well as my experience as a therapist which I hope you'll find helpful and empowering. And yet, I'm just as interested in what you bring to our meeting.  I learn from every person that sits across from me.  EVERY person.  We are such a mixture of of our thoughts, beliefs, opinions, experiences, and personality!  It is really the combination of our presence together that makes change possible.  Not to sound corny or melodramatic, but I feel like it needs to be said: to go deeper is not for the faint of heart and it can be life changing, AND it takes courage.   You don't have to do this alone. So let's say you're here, what might our work look like...

 

I use a variety of Therapeutic Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Psychodrama, Art therapy, Experiential to name a few. If you have a particular  approach you feel would be helpful, and I'm trained in it, I'm open to using it. I prefer to start our journey in an open minded manner, and see what feels right as we explore the terrain together. My approach is intuitive and eclectic, not one size fits all.  I'm a fan of questioning, and use mindfulness often to gather awareness.  I can be directive but typically feel that we are working together to find the path. Therapy is not a static process, so we may shift our approach as we need to in order to  achieve our desired goals.

Why we might want to look backwards...to find a new path: Our ability to relate to others can bring us benefit or heartache depending on the day.  It's not just about our romantic entanglements, its about our connection with our kids, our parents, siblings, friends, co-workers and bosses.  It's even broader than that and can show up in the way we relate to strangers, and our world view. I believe that this can be mirrored and worked on in the therapeutic process.  Often our ability to relate to others has its roots in our past experiences, so far back, in fact, we may not even have a conscious awareness of where it started.  If its called for, I have used genograms, chronological timelines and story telling to help  gain an understanding of current behaviors, belief systems, or defense mechanisms and how they relate to past events.

Both individual and group therapy can be extremely beneficial.  There is certainly a feeling of safety that can be more easily found in individual work; however, there is power in a group that is often like nothing else.  To feel 'a part of' a group of individuals that are all moving toward similar goals or dealing with similar issues can not only be life affirming but also have a momentum that we have not known otherwise.  Individual and group work can be done as adjuncts to each other or as a stand alone process.  If there is a type of group you are interested in, please ask about it.  Currently, there are no groups running but if you are interested in being part of one, you can call and put your name on a wait list for an Addiction Recovery Group open to any type of recovery called TRUE NORTH or a stress management group called FINDING YOUR CENTER.

 

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