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My Approach

First and foremost, I value complexity. Humans are not simple, and as such often need companionship - not correction or logic - to sort out the nuanced and deeply unique aspects of their story, identities, and emotional needs.

 

My approach at its foundation is relational, psychodynamic and trauma-informed. This means I believe our past can greatly inform how we experience the present, often in ways we are unaware. 

 

My approach is heavily informed by current research in attachment and interpersonal neurobiology, which highlights the ways in which our earliest relationships shape and inform how we learn to be in relationships and meet our emotional needs as adults. I am trained to use the therapeutic relationship as a means to address troublesome relationship patterns, beliefs, and behaviors which can create significant symptoms of depression, anxiety, and interpersonal disconnection.

As a relational therapist,  I believe the experience of feeling understood and heard by another is inherently healing and can be profoundly transformative. I view the therapeutic relationship to be a safe harbor to explore the ways we do or do not feel understood.  I hold the inherent dignity and worth of all individuals and their right to self determination in the highest regard and take very seriously your feedback about what does and does not work for you in treatment. 

Finally, my approach is collaborative, which means I work with you to determine what meaningful change, growth and healing would mean to you personally, rather than practice from a one-size-fits all approach.

The patients I see come to therapy for many reasons. Some feel stuck with symptoms of depression, low self esteem, post-traumatic stress, perfectionism, and anxiety. Others reach out because they feel disconnected in their marriage, family, or community. 

Below are some of the issues you may wish to address and that I have training and experience in treating.

 

To learn more about my practice and current availability, please contact me by email or phone. 

Areas of Focus

  • Individuals 18 years or older

  • Couples and Relationship Therapy

  • Parenting Concerns

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Self Esteem and Perfectionism

  • Sexuality and Gender Identity 

  • Marginalization & Gender-Based Violence

  • Sexual Assault and Childhood Sexual Abuse

Post-Graduate Training:

The following captures some of the training and ongoing consultation that informs my approach. 

  • Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy

  • Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)

  • Somatic Experiencing 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) 

  • Feminist and Queer Intersubjective & Relational Studies 

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)