PHILOSOPHY & APPROACH
I approach therapy from a strengths-based perspective, meaning that I believe strongly in your inner resiliency, however weakened or non-existent it may seem to be when you first reach out to a therapist. I view therapy as a space to get more in touch with one's already existent intuition, wisdom and ability to love. In therapy, we explore which coping skills and defenses are working for you, and which ones are causing more harm or pain than good.
I also approach therapy from the belief that our earliest relationships impacted how we love and allow ourselves to be loved into adulthood. Therefore, therapy often includes an exploration of your childhood, and how family dynamics have impacted your current style of relating and sense of identity. This exploration is by no means all of therapy. But it often is a part.
Also, I believe that, as physician Bessel van der Kolk says, "the body keeps the score." Meaning, our bodies hold our traumatic memories, our stress and fear. Our emotional health is directly tied to how in tune we are with our body. Emotions and feelings states are physical experiences, and in therapy I encourage clients to become attuned to what their body is telling them.
As a therapist, my work is heavily influenced by attachment theory and object relations theory. I incorporate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) into work with clients, when appropriate and desired. I tailor my approach carefully to each client's unique needs and therapy goals. I approach our work together with an attitude of curiosity and hope.