About My Clients
The clients I work with come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Issues or topics we explore together range from challenging or traumatic early childhood and attachment experiences, PTSD, sexual issues, gender identity/gender dysphoria, anxiety, depression, addictive patterns, and relationship and/or co-dependency issues. I work with individuals, couples/relationships (monogamous, consensually non-monogamous, and polyamorous), and families.
My Background and Approach
My therapeutic approach blends together a emotionally-focused approach, an insight-oriented psychodynamic approach (making the unconscious conscious), an attachment-based approach (understanding the nervous system in the context of interpersonal relationships and early childhood experiences), and a somatic, or body-based, approach (freeing up physiological and emotional energy in the body while brining more balance to nervous system).
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
The underlying view of my work as a therapist is the belief that all humans have a natural impulse toward healing and growth. I have a lot of compassion for the countless ways that human beings suffer, as well as immense appreciation for all the creative strategies we come up with to cope with that suffering. I believe that anything we call dysfunctional actually began as something quite functional, something that for a time helped us stay safe, get our needs met, stay in connection, or cope with overwhelming experiences. I have a lot of respect for those parts of you, and hope to invite you into deeper respect and understanding for those parts as well.