Services I provide:
Individual counseling sessions
Group counseling sessions
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
A word on inclusion:
In my practice I welcome and affirm people of all faith perspectives as well as the diversity of gender and sexual identities.
I help adults (18+) dealing with:
Anxiety and stress
Identity and developmental concerns
Meaning-making and purpose
Family of origin struggles
Approach to counseling:
I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the counselor you choose, and hopeful about the counseling. When you feel this way, counseling is more likely to be helpful to you. I view my role as counselor not as one who “fixes problems” but rather who serves as a trained professional to share observations, give feedback, and offer both support and challenge to help you achieve a better quality of life. You are the change agent in your own life, thus counseling requires your active involvement—considering new ideas, sitting with feelings, and practicing new behaviors. I will help you in this process. I aim to work collaboratively, openly, and authentically, helping you to clarify issues and develop additional strategies for engaging in life.
My approach to counseling is grounded in theory and science, and is based primarily on two theories: Gestalt Therapy and Relational-Cultural Theory.
Gestalt is a humanistic/existential therapy used to deepen awareness of the self, including the self in relation to others. “Gestalt” means “the whole”—mind, body, spirit—and aims toward integration, or completion. This theory holds that we are born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with ourselves and with others and to lead a satisfying life but that we often become stuck in fixed patterns, or “unfinished business.” Gestalt aims to uncover how these patterns affect our life in the present and to experiment with finding new solutions or ways to face the difficulty. The goal is for clients to become aware of what they are doing and how they are doing it and to learn to accept and value themselves just as they are. Paradoxically, this awareness enables clients to consider how they can change and to experiment with doing so.
Relational-Cultural Theory focuses on relationships (with partners, siblings, children, colleagues, coworkers, friends) and the larger societal context in which we live. Relational-Cultural Theory suggests that the central organizing feature of development is the ability to create and maintain connection and that the goal of development is for people to be active participants in relationships that promote the well-being of all who are involved. The aim in Relational-Cultural therapy is to help clients develop a deepening sense of authenticity, which is the essence of growth. Other key goals are the development of self-empathy—seeing oneself more fully, more accurately, and more compassionately—and movement—being empowered to take action.
In addition to the theories noted above, I also integrate elements from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, developmental, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, and interpersonal therapies.