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.
I work with individuals and couples facing a broad range of challenges related to:
Anxiety and Depression • Sex and Intimacy • Substance Use • Adjusting to Major Life Changes and Transitions • Chronic Illness and Injury • Stress and Burnout • Grief and Loss • Complex Trauma and PTSD • Obsessive and Paranoid Thinking • Internalized Oppression and Self-Stigma • Spiritual Crisis and Emergence
My practice is based in the humanistic and person-centered tradition of psychotherapy. This means that my focus is on your growth and development as an individual or couple, 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. 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 evidence-based behavioral intervention that integrates cognitive behavioral techniques with Eastern psychological strategies such as mindfulness meditation. The basic idea is to encourage flexibility and growth through (1) mindful contact with your experience in the here-and-now, (2) letting go of the struggle to change or control your emotions, and (3) clarifying and acting on what really matters in your life.
Sessions consist primarily of talking, but they might include experiential exercises that involve meditation, light movement and stretching, visualization, roleplaying, and behavioral experiments. Along the way, I’ll teach mindfulness and behavior analysis skills that you can use to “be your own therapist” between sessions and after we’ve ended our work together. Overall, my approach tends to be fairly unstructured, putting you in the driver seat for your own self-exploration. I try to offer a holistic experience that supports your personal and spiritual development as an individual or as a couple.
Some of my other influences include:
Buddhist Psychology • Transpersonal Psychology • Gestalt Therapy • Compassion-Focused Therapy • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction • Gentle and Restorative Yoga • Non-Violent Communication • Existentialism and Phenomenology • Minority Stress Theory • Dialogical Self Theory • Ecopsychology