I offer a safe and comfortable place to help you resolve problems both large and small, to find a path to feeling better.
Therapist in Salt Lake City, UT
While very uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating, anxiety supports behaviors that help us mobilize to meet challenges and/or deal with threats, whether present or past. I help my clients change their relationship with anxiety, to reduce discomfort, and to transform anxiety into a useful partner.
Anger is a powerful, often maligned phenomenon. It is a natural response to perceived or real threat that helps us get distance or control over it. Always meaningful, taboo for many, and sometimes destructive, understanding anger, where it comes from, what it is for is a focus of my practice, as is helping clients learn effective tools for navigating anger, even allowing it to be a useful guide.
Depression can be debilitating. It is a natural response to problems or threats, past or present, that seem insurmountable. In the jungle, lying down and "playing dead" can be a last resort defense against a threat. I help my clients understand their depression, where it comes from, and what it is for, and to find a path back into feeling vibrant and alive. I work with prescribers, as needed.
I am the only certified reliable coder clinician of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) in Utah. The AAI is the gold standard of attachment assessment, and the experience can be enlightening and therapeutic. I am trained in the Strange Situation, and remain up-to-date on attachment research and clinical applications. While attachment does not account for "everything", it can help you understand your experiences in relationship, and to change them, if desired.
I am a certified Discernment Counselor. Discernment Counseling is a brief model of 1-5 sessions that seeks to help very ambivalent couples gain clarity and confidence in a direction for their relationship/marriage.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy can be especially useful in discovering the roots of your pain, particularly for those who feel bad but don't know why. Many people who come to see me have some ideas, or maybe they know why they feel bad, but they nonetheless have not been able to change problem patterns and feel better. The particular model I practice is called Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy, which was developed for people with personality disorders, but is useful for others who feel stuck.