I have been working in mental health for 20 years, helping individuals and families meet their goals and live more meaningful lives.
During my career, I have helped people with a variety of struggles ranging from grief, trauma, addiction, stress, family conflict, severe mental illness and mood disorders. This work included increasing coping skills to decrease anxiety and depression, increasing practices of self-care, building self-esteem, stress management, learning to tolerate intense emotions, improving communication and having overall better interactions with the people that meant the most in their lives. Recently I have been training in Gestalt Therapy for Individual and Couples where I participate and am observed as a practitioner providing Gestalt therapy by my peers and trainers.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is a core part of eliciting change. When you feel safe, validated and supported, you can tap into those conscious and unconscious choices and emotions. We will work together to gain insight, explore different perspectives, utilize your inherent strengths, and try to experience emotions vs. control or avoidance . It is my goal that you will walk away from our sessions with new ideas, strategies, readings, information and skills that you can practice or reflect on that will directly affect the way that you relate to the world around you.
My approach to couples and individual therapy is process oriented and aimed at increasing awareness and choice. We all have needs in our lives that we seek to have met. To be seen, respected, loved, included, supported, etc. Our experience with our families of origin often set the roadmap for how we go about getting these needs met. Sometimes our strategies are effective and sometimes they are destructive and contrary at their worst. I help to support you in increasing insight, experimenting with different strategies and clarifying your and your partner’s needs. It is not my approach to focus on one person to change or to determine who is wrong or right.
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