MY APPROACH TO HELPING
I have a warm, relational, client-centered 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.
I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based framework that integrates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy with Eastern psychological strategies such as mindfulness meditation. The basic idea is to encourage flexibility and personal growth 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.
Along the way, I teach skills that strengthen your ability to work with difficult emotions and stay connected to the present moment. We try to break habits of avoiding feelings, overthinking, problem solving, comparing and judging our experiences, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future. We focus instead on bringing a kind and compassionate awareness to the unfolding of experience just as it is right now. This is how you get to know yourself better from the inside-out and build on your inner resources.
Some of my other influences include Hakomi, Focusing, Mindful Self-Compassion, Non-Violent Communication, Buddhist Philosophy, and Ecopsychology. I tend to follow your lead in our sessions and introduce skills and experiential exercises as appropriate. I find that this approach puts 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. My goal is to offer a holistic healing experience that supports your personal and spiritual development.