I offer Individual Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children as well as Couple Therapy and Infant-Parent Psychotherapy. I usually see clients once per week, though sometimes it is helpful to meet more frequently. My style is non-directive and client-centered. This means that I leave a lot of space for the client to take the lead, and tailor the treatment to the client’s unique personality and needs.
My orientation is psychodynamic, relational, holistic, and trauma-focused. In everyday language, “psychodynamic” means that I am interested in your early relationships and experiences, and will help you think about how they impact your current relationships and way of being in the world. “Relational” means that I see the relationship between client and therapist as a foundational part of the work, and use it to help you learn to feel safe and comfortable relating to others. Studies show that the quality of the therapeutic alliance (relationship between client and therapist) is the most important determinant of effective therapy. “Trauma-focused” means that I understand the ways that major and minor traumas (overwhelming incidents in one’s life) take a toll on the psyche and body, and I help people to process and integrate these experiences so that they can live with greater freedom and flexibility.
My work is based on the understanding that the body, mind, emotions, and spirit are interconnected. In this day and age, there is an over-reliance on the mind at the expense of the other aspects of the self. This creates an imbalance in which people feel overwhelmed by and fearful of their emotions, complain of numerous and complex health concerns, and are without a sense of meaning in life or connection to something greater. Meanwhile, they become exhausted and stressed as they try to figure out and solve these problems with their minds.
Finding a balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit is vital to longterm health. While the mind can be a useful tool in psychotherapy, I encourage people to explore the other dimensions of their being as well. Over time, you will learn to know and trust the important truths held in your body, emotions, and spirit.
Sometimes it can be helpful to make use of other treatment methods that work more directly with the body. This might include bodywork, yoga, acupuncture, herbalism, holistic psychiatry, and naturopathic medicine. I support these sorts of treatments as an adjunct to our work together, and am happy to provide referrals and collaborate with other treatment providers. I also offer a unique service that I call Body Mind Integration Therapy. In this method, the client works with a recommended body-worker or yoga therapist directly before a session with me. Between “body” and “mind” sessions, the client and both practitioners meet together briefly to relay the experience of the “body” session. In the “mind” session, I then help the client to process and integrate the experiences and learning that occurred in the “body” session, through both talk therapy and exercises geared toward exploration of the body and emotions.
People come to me dealing with struggles such as:
Recent traumatic events
Grief surrounding the loss of a loved one
Women's issues and body image
Difficulties with parenting