I work with older adolescents and adults who want to move forward in their lives but find it difficult to cope with feelings and thoughts related to depression, anxiety, low self esteem and self worth. I also work with people who are troubled by their alcohol or substance use and wish to examine the issue in a safe, nonjudgemental environment. Too often, feelings of shame and helplessness are what keep people from choosing to get help. "Wow! I never thought of it that way before." As a therapist, client comments like this are the reason I love doing this work. To be present in the moment when a client discovers a new self truth, a new insight, a new understanding of themselves is a privilege for me. I am committed to helping clients resolve their past hurts and shift out of behaviors that perpetuate emotional pain. I help them develop trust and confidence in themselves so they can have the meaningful, fulfilling relationships they want.
These methods include:
- Anxiety and panic disorder
- Trauma related anxiety disorders
- Depression/ Bipolar disorder
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Work stress
- Relationship issues
- Addiction/Recovery (special interest in women’s issues in recovery)
I practice from a psychodynamic and attachment/developmental perspective and incorporate a number of methods/techniques in my work. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, and body oriented therapies. Each client receives an individualized plan developed according to their needs and goals. Therapy is a process that moves us from confusion to self knowledge and self acceptance, from isolation to connection and belonging. I approach therapy as a collaborative relationship between client and therapist. My style is described as warm, compassionate, practical, and interactive. Together we work to identify the feelings and thoughts that may be obstacles to your goals. I strive to help my clients establish healthy self esteem, to discover their talents and abilities that reflect their authentic self, and to grow and maintain a sense of empowerment in their lives.