About My Clients
Perhaps you are looking at your child or adolescent and are confused by their behavior or at a loss for how to help them. Maybe you or an important relationship in your life is suffering and you feel stuck. Whatever challenges you are facing, my goal is to meet you with genuineness, empathy, and the fundamental belief that each of us is doing the best we can with the resources we have available to us in any given moment.
My Background and Approach
Together, we can work to better understand your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in the context in which they occur. Human emotion and behavior are purposeful and provide important information about our needs, values, and desires. When we can uncover and validate these driving forces, we are then able to shift emotional and relational patterns that may no longer serve us. As a therapist trained in several different modalities and techniques, the vehicle for these shifts may range from processing early attachment relationships to modifying unhelpful behaviors, practicing new ways of engaging with the most important people in our lives, and more. Regardless of how we work to meet your goals, my ultimate hope is to provide a warm, sensitively attuned, and responsive environment that allows for vulnerability, connection, and change.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Research confirms what many of us intuitively know—the relationship between parent and child is profoundly important. Our children’s outcomes are associated with our own well-being as parents. Sometimes, however, we struggle to cultivate that well-being amid other challenges and responsibilities. Or we find ourselves unsure of how to respond to our children in ways that are both supportive of their emotional experience and in line with the limits we need to set to ensure our own, our children’s, and others health and safety. When children or parents (or both!) are struggling with confusing or distressing emotions and behaviors, I work to support both parts of this vital relationship. I help children and adolescents find healthy ways of expressing and coping with their feelings and provide parents with the tools and resources to attune to their children’s needs. Through attending to each part of this dynamic system, I find the result is often long-lasting healing and positive change.