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Approach

Our approach in therapy will depend on what works for you. That said, there are a few approaches that I find to be particularly useful. I often draw on Internal Family Systems, which focuses on discovering our innate capacity to heal the internal conflicts that drive our suffering and self-destructive coping. I incorporate Mindful Self-Compassion strategies to provide clients with a model for how to cope with distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations without shifting into self-attack or avoidance (MSC owes a lot to eastern Buddhist traditions). I also have training in working with trauma and I pay a lot of attention to the body and sensory experience, which is often where trauma gets stuck. 

What am I like as a therapist?

Clients and colleagues usually describe me as warm, real, direct, with a good sense of humor. Collaboration is important to me, from finding the right approach to assessing progress to deciding when it’s time to take a break from therapy. I strive to be transparent, explain my thinking, and make sure I understand you correctly first before I offer insights or suggestions.  I am an active therapist and tend to work best with clients who want both supportive and (gently) challenging feedback. I welcome feedback from you and will, in fact, throw you a parade if you give me critical feedback because that’s a hard thing to do! I also pay close attention to how identity, culture, power dynamics, and larger systems impact the client, the therapist, and the therapeutic environment. This is important in order to create a safe, healing space, but also to find joy and draw power from who you are and where you come from. I don’t claim to do this perfectly but I am constantly seeking knowledge and experience to do it better.

I provide individual therapy for adults 18 and over. Currently I am only seeing clients via telehealth but I will be available for in-person sessions soon.

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What is my theoretical approach?

Our approach in therapy will depend on what works for you. That said, there are a few approaches that I find to be particularly useful.

 

  • I draw on Internal Family Systems to help people with the internal emotional conflicts that keep them stuck in painful patterns and emotions that they just can't shake. It inspires me to see how often my clients are able to discover that, with a little help, they can find the resources within themselves to change and move forward.

  • I also incorporate Mindful Self-Compassion strategies to provide clients with a model for how to cope with distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations without shifting into self-attack or avoidance (MSC owes a lot to eastern Buddhist traditions).

  • I have training in working with trauma and I pay a lot of attention to the body and sensory experience, which is often where trauma gets stuck

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