Practice

A little about how I practice:

My approach is compassionate and collaborative. You and I will work together in the context of a safe, trusting relationship to look at the areas in your life where you feel like you’re stuck. As Dr. Daniel Siegel says, human beings are hardwired to connect to each other, and in that connecting we are changed. I, too, believe we heal in relationship, and you’ll discover that within the therapy relationship, you can harness your own innate drive toward health and well-being.

My orientation is psychodynamic. Simply stated, I work to understand the unconscious motivation to continue patterns of behavior from the past. This is very important because our current actions can often be dictated by old coping strategies that were useful in the past but are now a source of suffering.

My work is grounded in mindfulness — taking a curious and non-judgmental stance to look at what’s going on within you, or between us, or with other people in your life. Instead of being reactive, you’ll learn to slow down so you can observe what’s happening. If you can create this mindful state on a regular basis, you’ll start to look at life as it’s happening, unfettered by judgments and expectations. This will open the door to change and, ultimately, well-being.

I welcome any questions you might have about these approaches, and you can find more information and suggested reading on my Resources page.

But the most important thing I want you to know is that you don’t have to struggle with overwhelming emotions alone. You can live a fuller life. You can have more vitality, understand yourself better and have richer experiences. You can become available for intimacy and joy and a more vital life experience.  I can help.