Things to Consider
What Do I Do?
I provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Most of my clients come to me because they feel stuck or trapped in some way; that things are happening at work, school, home or in their relationship that continue to weigh them down and cause problems—creating stress, pain, chaos, confusion, and often the feeling that they cannot get out from under it. Therapy is an opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with yourself; who you are, what matters most to you, and to challenge yourself in the spirit of growth and health. I collaborate with each client—whether an individual, family, or couple—to identify the specific presenting problems and goals of treatment. Historical information including family of origin considerations in the context of current day-to-day thoughts and behaviors are utilized when developing a treatment plan. In my practice, it is important to align with my clients on harnessing their strengths, expanding insight, investigating destructive thinking patterns, and uncovering blind spots as a means of safely promoting change, developing coping options, and adapting to current life goals. It is my goal to assess, support, and restore an improved level of functioning for each one of my clients. I am knowledgeable and aware of how to meet clients where they are, and am deeply invested in the richly impactful, healing process of therapy. I also understand that effective therapy depends upon goodness of fit between client and clinician, and am able to make referrals when and if necessary.
Why does someone go to therapy?
People pursue my services for a variety of reasons. These may include experiences of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, shame, infidelity, fear or resistance to change, adjustment difficulties, conflicted parenting styles, feeling lost, adapting to divorce, coping with cancer, and attempts to find a new normal amidst a significant life event for example. Usually there is a common anchor of pain, loss, need for relief, and a desire for moving through some type of barrier. Therapy can be an effective, positive, and powerful form of self-care. Although it can be difficult, it is important to seek support—whether in a classroom, at a surgeon’s clinic, in a psychologist’s office, with a ski instructor, with a trainer at the gym, or at a friend’s house for example.