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 unfortunately common human experiences. It is estimated that 1-in-5 Americans will experience an episode of mental illness or extreme stress in their lifetime, which if left untreated, can contribute to relationship problems, addictions, health problems, and generally reduced quality of life. While modern psychiatric medicine gives us additional options to manage these experiences medically, psychotherapy continues to show equal effectiveness in alleviating distress and increasing recovery. I provide psychotherapy that is individually-tailored while remaining evidence-based.
My first and primary task in therapy is always to create a strong, collaborative alliance with you 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 heal, always with a focus on your development and 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 identifying patterns that started as adaptations, but are now accidentally creating more distress and disconnection from others, and then getting in touch with the emotional experiences... the parts that are authentically you... that are blocked and bottled up by these patterns. Through new experiences that end in you feeling validated and good, you will learn to use your emotions and their adaptive strivings to work toward relationships and living in ways that you want, and bring incomplete, stuck emotion to a fulfilling resolution.
I consider myself to be an emotionally-focused, experiential, relational therapist in style, most influenced by Emotionally Focused Therapy (Certified) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Level III). To learn more about my approach to therapy, please visit my page on my approach.