About My Clients
Do you want more connection and meaning in your life? Are past life events making it difficult to be present? Want to jump start your creativity? Are you a working or aspiring artist or writer, or helping professional who feels stuck? Do you feel things so deeply that life overwhelms you? Therapy can be a way to access your imagination and your mind’s ability to be creative in service to your goals.
My Background and Approach
I create a space where sensitivity and creativity are promoted, where you are able to explore not only what has not worked, and where you are stuck, but the gifts you have and the values you want to drive your life. By using active listening, asking open ended questions and providing strategic feedback I can help you reframe your thinking, learn new coping skills and discover strengths and ideas you didn’t know you had. I am especially skilled in the use of Motivational Interviewing, a flexible and evidence- based counseling style that is helpful for working with behavioral changes. I also employ other evidence-based approaches, however the most predictive factor that leads to successful outcomes in counseling is the therapeutic relationship. I've been characterized as a compassionate straight shooter & my clients will tell you that laughter and poetry are also part of my practice.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe the best human work is driven by Partnership, Acceptance, Compassion and Evocation (PACE or what is known in Motivational Interviewing as "spirit"). Understanding the interplay of power and privilege can also be an important arena for healing, and my training as a social worker acknowledges intersectionality and difference.