I balance empathy with challenge – listening closely and asking many questions to make sure I understand the issues at hand, then gently pushing clients to confront obstacles to change and accept certain realities. I motivate my clients to do work outside of session, so that they can practice and master the strategies we discuss.
I integrate theories and interventions from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I allow the current needs of my clients to guide the tools I choose to help them, while attending to the influence of their past experiences on how they see themselves, relate to others, and cope with stress. I also use what I have learned as a parent to support clients in identifying, tolerating, and regulating their emotions.