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The most important part of my therapeutic approach is being real in the present moment with who I am and who you are, as the heart of counseling resides in relationship, and every relationship brings with it different needs. Therefore, I do not ascribe to therapy models developed to be interchangeable for all clients, but rather practice eclectically. This means understanding your challenges through non-judgement, empathy, and the belief in your own abilities. It also means having an eye towards epigenetics, the mind/body connection, and the effects of stress—be it grief, loss, economic hardships, abuse, etc.—and how this interplay works uniquely on each person. Therefore, rather than treating symptoms, I seek to know you as a whole person, and so I tailor my therapy and treatments in a client-informed manner from your lived experiences. Hence my approach is strength-based, integrating multiple evidence-based practices, with a lens of interpersonal neurobiology, trauma, attachment, and systems theories. The ultimate work though is not about addressing problems, but about learning to sit in the anxiety of your greatness and hold the pain of your transformation. Fostering a relational, person-centered orientation, expressed in a psychodynamic, experiential, and emotionally-focused manner creates the safe space for this active engagement in therapy.
Dr. Murry Bowen, creator of Family Systems Theory, said “that which is created in a relationship, can be fixed in a relationship.” It is a theory that centers on how people are shaped by the interlocking relationships in their life—hence a system. Identifying the roles of family members and the attachment patterns governing these relationships is key to not only valuing the differences present, but also helps us acknowledge our interdependence to one another. It is useful to conceptualize this system as a house, and that what is ‘housed’ is the couple or family relationship. Perhaps then additions to the house need to be made to ensure growth for the family, or renovations undertaken when relationships begin to change. Joining this framework with Emotionally Focused Therapy provides deeper introspection and care for the emotional life of those inhabiting the system. What this looks like in session is learning to trust and speak from primary emotions, rather than from secondary feelings, or projections of pain. This stewardship to the emotional needs in the relationships and among the individuals then strengthens the overall system.
One area of therapy that is often least practiced, but which is vitally important, is family-centered critical and non-urgent care. It focuses on integrating the needs of the family members into the care of a chronically or critically ill loved one. It is not uncommon for individuals to take on the responsibility of caregiver or feel isolated and overwhelmed in worrying about the health of a loved one. Furthermore, the stress put on families during these times can also create schisms of blame, not just within the family, but towards a medical and behavioral health system that is imperfect in representing their needs and finding solutions to their concerns. Given my background as a psychotherapist in a hospital setting, I have unique experience in bridging the gap of communication between health practitioners, client, and family members. These trying events though can become the very circumstances that bond families more closely together. One way I do this is through the exercise of helping everyone in the family create representational snapshots of this period, both pre- and post-illness, and then lay these stills together into a panoramic view. From here a family picture emerges that shows the value of one another’s role, as well as how to better support each other in these roles.
I run both skills and process (talk therapy) groups. All groups run 4-6 weeks, are of a closed format, and require screening and intake prior to admittance.
ACT, DBT & CBT Skills Groups for:
Process Groups for:
The following services are not provided in therapy or during session because they either: fall outside the scope of practice, create legal concerns in terms of dual relationships and conflict of interest, and/or compromise client reporting and limit therapist confidentiality.
*Exceptions will be taken into consideration only after 12 or more sessions.
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