I prefer to think of my patients and myself as fellow travelers, a term that abolishes distinctions between ‘them’ (the afflicted) and ‘us’ (the healers). … We are all in this together, and there is no therapist and no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence.
Irvin D. Yalom
My theoretical orientation can be described as Holistic, incorporating Mindfulness-based Somatic (body-centered), Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Humanistic-Existential, and Experiential psychotherapy methods.
I bring a non-judgmental and curious, compassionate presence to support the study of your present moment experience as it relates to your thoughts, emotions and body sensations/awareness. By slowing down the momentum of experience, it becomes possible to increase understanding, which results in a wider range of choice. While much of the work is present moment and experiential (as opposed to just ‘talking about’ what has happened), there will be times when I help my clients to understand the impact of past experiences with current challenges and perspectives. There will also be times when we will actively address a problem area in your life.
My approach is client-centered, collaborative, strength-based, values-driven and I can be directive and challenging when needed. I tend to be described as “hands on” or “more nuts and bolts than abstract”. I support clients to shift thought patterns and behaviors that don’t serve them. At the same time, I teach compassion and understanding for the ways that even the most unhealthy patterns are aiming to meet needs or create safety.
I encourage clients to practice what they have learned in session in their life outside of session, through the use of homework exercises, behavioral experiments and increased reflection and awareness. There is never a requirement or evaluation, but rather support of building and applying skills to potentiate the possibility of growth and desired changes.
I see my role as that of teacher, guide, mentor, coach, collaborator, witness, empath, mirror.
I am honored to be of assistance in such precious and powerful journeys to self.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
They may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~