About My Clients
Internal conflicts with ourself or others, leave us feeling anxious, irritated, drained and dissatisfied -- disconnected from our best self and what we always wanted in life. Changes, and big emotions surrounding them, can be scary, but with deep listening and insight, clients learn to manage anxiety, depression, worry, and grief, to move on. Therapy helps recalibrate where we are in life and relationships at work, school, the family or with a partner/spouse. New insights and choices emerge.
My Background and Approach
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I am trained in problem solving. Clients often thank me for my warm smile and being open and easy to trust. Using systemic foundations, I help adults, professionals, families, and couples take a closer look at the people, beliefs and circumstances impacting quality of life. I understand how small changes in one area can impact the whole. I believe life is negotiable and that clients are experts in resiliency. I listen for their strengths and resources, and work collaboratively with them to achieve positive outcomes, heal traumas, and address ineffective patterns of relating. Solution-focused, with extensive training in trauma/attachment, mindfulness, hypnosis and psychodrama, I use an integral, whole-person approach, uniting mind/body/spirit in the therapeutic process. My therapy toolbox also includes behavioral methods (CBT and DBT), Gottman couples techniques, family systems, psychosensory/somatic tools and expressive writing, e.g. journaling.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My first career was law. I came to the field of marriage and family therapy as a second career, out of appreciation for the healing therapy provides communities. In litigation, we work with many parts that make up the whole of a story, recognizing that change in any one part, however small, can radically alter a case outcome. In therapy, we also work with the parts and the whole, reframing circumstances to suit what you need from life right now, and as life progresses. After all, who you were at 15 is not who you are at 25, 50 or beyond. Sometimes, what we need are the insight and freedom to adapt. Using my training in trauma and effective communication, I help you identify where conflicts of the past -- including ruptures with family or authority figures, romantic interests, siblings and colleagues -- impair the present and future. Compassionately, we bring conflicts into full view. With guidance and feedback, clients discover new choices for action and reclaim their desired future.