I look forward to working with people who want change, but might not know where to start. Sometimes we want to change ourselves, our situations, or just how we feel. Helping people figure out what they want, what they value, and how to pursue that is what I enjoy. Change is hard, and it helps a lot to have an impartial guide, teacher and confidant who can provide encouragement, perspective, insight, validation and feedback.
My style is existential, humanistic, and meaning- focused. I’m here to help you sort out what matters most to you and live the life you want to live, feeling confident about your choices. I teach coping skills to help with distress, but also focus on communication, boundaries, codependency, attachment and of course, pursuing meaning and purpose in life.
Specific techniques I use with clients include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – a trauma therapy that is evidence based and often helps when people feel stuck in old pain.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – a skills-based therapy that helps people with emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal relationships (who often also struggle with self harm and/or suicidal thoughts).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – a therapy that helps people learn to change their thoughts and actions in order to get relief from symptoms of depression or anxiety.
I am also trained in stage-based treatment for trauma-related dissociation, and dissociative disorders.
I believe that the most important aspect of good therapy is a real connection and genuine positive regard. Because of this, my focus is connecting with people in a real way and seeing the best in them. From there, we work together to make the changes you choose.
I worked for years in psychiatric settings and am skilled in diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of mental health disorders, from social anxiety to schizophrenia. However, I strongly believe that all of us benefit from good therapy. I know that it can be mysterious, and many people wonder if it’s right for them. If you’re feeling stressed, bored, stuck, frustrated, or thinking about a big change, therapy can help with that. If you’re feeling unsure about therapy yourself, I’m available for a free phone call to answer any questions.