Distress & Stuckness is understandable;
Recovery & Change is possible
Depression, out-of-control anxiety, post traumatic stress, shame, grief, addictive and compulsive behavior, stress, life transitions, and adjustment difficulties are all common human experiences. It is estimated that 1-in-5 Americans will experience an episode of mental illness or extreme stress in their lifetime, and that’s probably an underestimate. While modern psychiatric medicine gives us additional options to manage these experiences, psychotherapy continues to show equal effectiveness in alleviating distress and increasing recovery without side effects. I provide psychotherapy that is individually-tailored while remaining evidence-based.
My first and primary task in therapy is always to create a strong alliance with my clients towards your goals in therapy and in life. From there we work together in ways that are centered on client preferences, strengths, and natural strivings to grow and transform... I always focus on your growth, development, and/or recovery in your life. Together, the work can make sense of inner experiences in response to present day and past events, and important relationships past and present. The therapy process is about getting in touch with the core of your emotional experience, and work to shape relationships and life how you want based on that most valuable inner resource.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (certified practitioner and supervisor) and use this as my primary approach, but I also draw from a variety of other compatible approaches including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Level II trained), Emotion Focused Therapy for Trauma (Sandra Paivio's EFTT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Other Attachment-based Experiential Dynamic Therapies (i.e. AB-ISTDP, APT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, and Modern Psychoanalysis (1-year post graduate supervision).