MY APPROACH TO HELPING
I have a warm and relational approach that is grounded in mindfulness and acceptance. I see therapy as a place to explore the personal meanings of your experience, to broaden your perspective, to open up the heart, and to take steps for real change in your life. With this in mind, I partner with my clients to create a relationship that is both supportive and challenging.
My practice is based in the humanistic and person-centered tradition of psychotherapy. This means that my focus is on your personal growth and development as an individual, not on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health symptoms. I see my role primarily as creating a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to get in touch with the various parts and layers of who you are, and to express yourself with honesty and genuineness. My commitment is that I will express myself with honesty and genuineness too. My goal is to help you get to know yourself better from the inside-out and build on your inner resources.
From that foundation, I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This is an empirically supported framework that integrates Western psychotherapy techniques with Eastern psychological strategies such as mindfulness meditation. The basic idea is to encourage flexibility through mindful contact with your experience, clarifying what really matters in your life, and building patterns of behavior that are grounded in your values. This therapy is not about feeling better; it’s about living a meaningful life.
Some of my other influences include: attachment theory, minority stress theory, the Focusing Technique, Mindful Self-Compassion, Non-Violent Communication, Buddhist Philosophy, and Ecopsychology. Overall, my approach tends to be fairly unstructured, putting you in the driver seat for your own self-exploration. Sessions consist primarily of talking, but they might include exercises that involve meditation, light movement and stretching, visualization, and roleplaying. I aim to offer a holistic healing experience that supports your personal and spiritual development as an individual.