My Approach

I frequently have had clients tell me that they know something is irrational or have been given good advice before, but they still have a hard time changing.  Thus, I endeavor to provide my clients with an experience where I help you come to your own conclusions and understanding, rather than merely giving advice.  I also strongly value creating a foundation of safety and trust where clients feel truly heard and understood, so that change is possible.  

I operate from a strengths-based approach, meaning that I work with clients to recognize and build upon their own strengths, in order to help people create fulfilling, meaningful lives, rather than solely working to reduce problems.  I view our work as a collaborative process, and I welcome feedback so that I can best help you. 

My primary theoretical orientation or style is called "interpersonal process."  This means that I view interpersonal or relationship concerns as key to many clients' difficulties.  However, I believe in the importance of tailoring my approach to the specific and unique needs of my clients.  Thus, I also draw on other approaches, including emotion-focused, humanistic, existential, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and psychodynamic.  

I have experience working with clients who are diverse in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship type, disability status, size, and religion.  Being multiculturally competent and sensitive is incredibly important to me, and I welcome conversations about these areas.