I use a relational approach to connect and build a shared language with clients. This is the core of the work. It is based on exploring past and present relationships and ideas about ourselves. The work eventually extends to the larger social world - developing the sense that you can create change. The body also plays a role. Physical cues can reveal how attitudes and memories have become postures and ways of moving - habits that can be shifted. A quest for meaning underlies all of this. Ideas, songs, images, and books can be really powerful. I enjoy sharing what I know and bringing it into the work I do with my clients. I hope they do the same. Therapy itself can be a collaborative art form - creative and playful. Finally, and very importantly, when working at each of these levels, cultural awareness is always at the front of my mind. We each see the world through a unique cultural lens and need to be aware of difference.