My approach to Individual Therapy
There are many different reasons a person may seek individual treatment with a therapist. Some are struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression, while others are simply interested in leading more intentional lives.
Many clients seek treatment to help them with life transitions, including but not limited to: a break-up, separation, divorce, grief / loss, graduation, career change, becoming a parent, and relocation.
Still others seek treatment because they've noticed patterns in their lives, patterns that they want to understand and change.
Whatever your reason for being interested in therapy it's important for you to pay attention to that part of you who is curious, curious about the possibility of feeling better or about living a more satisfying life.
I favor certain modalities of treatment, but my approach is integrative and comprehensive.
I bring a Person-Centered style to counseling. The technique assumes all individuals have the innate, natural motivation toward personal growth, and a capacity for self-direction.
I believe that in order to make therapeutic gains, a warm, empathic relationship must be established, whereby individuals feel free to express their feelings without judgment, and feel accepted and understood. I firmly believe that this therapeutic environment creates the energy for self-directed change and self-actualization (becoming your optimal you) and this is my foundation for successful therapy.
I am inspired by the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, which (among other things) links the latest brain research with psychology. With better technology we've been able to confirm that therapy does in fact change the brain and that it is never too late to grow and develop.
Through examination of your past experiences and present thoughts and feelings, new insights are developed which will allow you to live with a greater sense of understanding and intention.
As part of my practice I teach Mindfulness Techniques, to assist in this endeavor.
I incorporate concepts of Cognitive Therapy into my practice, because if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel.
My approach is integrative and interventions are unique to your needs. Since no two people are the same, my approach may vary from client to client; however, I do maintain a holistic position, as our minds, bodies and spirits must all be nurtured in order to sustain deep and meaningful growth.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves" ~ Dalai Lama