About My Clients
I work with adults, partners and caregivers who often feel worn down by critical voices from within and without, telling them there is something wrong with them or their relationships. They are ready to explore patterns of relating and their accompanying emotions, to adjust outdated ways of coping, and to start acting out of choice instead of habit. The result is often greater connection with oneself and important others.
My Background and Approach
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change” (Carl Rogers). This is the work of therapy. I approach this work holistically, attending to how each of us is impacted by past and present relationships, and by systemic influences. My perspective is grounded in humanistic and attachment theories, and influenced by multicultural and feminist thinking, with an emphasis on counteracting experiences of oppression. I resonate with the mounting research indicating that our bodies hold important information that contributes to healing and I may ask you to participate in body-based practices as part of our work. My approach with couples is influenced by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the work of the Gottmans. I work with young children and their caregivers using principles of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Child-Parent Psychotherapy, exploring how a caregiver's past may be influencing their relationship with the child.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My intention as a therapist is to be a safe and trustworthy companion in exploring what got you where you are today, and helping you see what needs to be acknowledged and processed in order for you to thrive. With partners and families, I look to honor each participant and foster understanding and empathy, promoting a sense of connection that can lead to more satisfying relationships. Life is a courageous journey, and not always an easy one. Building a relationship with a therapist who receives you without conditions, or sits with you in your relationships without assigning blame, makes acceptance possible. I hope to provide an environment that gives you access to your capacity for healing and growth, and to liberating new opportunities.