I frequently have had clients tell me that they know something is irrational or have worked with therapists who “just listened,” but they still have a hard time changing. Thus, I work to help you explore your concerns, while I provide enough guidance and feedback so we can collaboratively come to some conclusions and understanding. If clients are interested in this, I frequently provide tailored homework to their concerns, such as readings or things to think about or try out in between sessions, at no extra cost.
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.
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.