I view therapy as a collaborative process of healing and integrating the parts of ourselves that are lost in pain, rage, numbness or grief. I believe we are intrinsically whole and that the frightening and confusing things we experience often cause us to conceal our truest and best selves with thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don’t feel authentic–a false self that helps us survive, but not thrive. We yearn to re-connect with our wholeness, yet we fear loss or rejection. Being accepted as you are, without fear of judgment, and developing compassion for yourself and all you have been through, makes therapy a safe place for you to deeply understand and accept yourself. Paradoxically, acceptance opens the doors for change.
I work integratively, which means I draw upon a variety of healing practices–psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, somatic, transpersonal, mindfulness and EMDR. This integrative approach puts you in touch with your instincts and intuition and allows you to feel more in harmony with yourself and others. By coming to terms with what has happened to you in the past, you are better able to understand your current relationships, patterns and triggers, and form a healthier awareness of your needs and priorities for the future.
As an integrative therapist I do not tell you what to do. Instead, I listen deeply to you and help you to tap into and trust your own inner sense of what is right for you. Through reflective listening, validation and thoughtful feedback you gain clarity about your strengths and core values, which helps you embody your power and potential more consciously and fully. This gives you the confidence to honor your needs, make tough decisions, and move forward with your life. When you know who you are and what you want, your work and relationships become richer and more satisfying as well. By appreciating your talents and gifts, as well as your limitations, you can grasp a deeper sense of purpose and meaning that can be woven into your daily life as well as your life’s aspirations. I believe that when we are attuned to our truest and best selves, we are more present and fully alive.