About My Clients
First and foremost, my clients are motivated to change and recognize the importance of their active participation in the process of therapy. I specialize in working with trauma and help my clients connect what has happened to them in the past with the impact it is having on their lives now.
My Background and Approach
I got my start in the field of psychology working with at-risk youth in group homes and residential treatment centers. It was challenging work but the kids’ behavior always made sense in the context of the various traumas they had lived through. I've found that the same is true in my own life and in the stories my clients share: there is always a reason for the things we do, even if we aren't aware of it. My approach is holistic, eclectic and person-centered. I draw from somatic, humanistic, and existential theories depending on your needs and preferences.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe in the inherent ability of all people to manage their own lives and that people can and will access internal resources to solve problems and improve their daily functioning. I strive to help without enabling by offering information and encouragement, teaching tools for self-regulation and personal development, inviting change in perspectives, thinking patterns and behavior, and also by helping clients recognize and process emotional blocks and injuries stored in the brain-body system. I see therapy as a practice of assisted self-discovery.