In my experience, people seek therapy because they are feeling overwhelmed, disconnected or unhappy with some aspect of their lives or in their relationships. This may result from facing one of life’s many stressors such as a major life transition or trauma. During times of added stress, our bodies and minds tend to find a way to express a need for a new coping strategy. Experiences of anxiety, depression or other physical discomfort can be signals telling us that we need to change something in our lives. When clients reach out to me, I listen for and try to identify both the changes they are looking for and the ways they remain hopeful and strong. I assist my clients in utilizing that hope and other personal strengths to create the change they are looking for in their lives.
As a therapist, I try to create a safe, non-judgemental space for people to get to know, access and ultimately utilize the best parts of themselves. It is my view that healing and meaningful change can happen in the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship where there are clear boundaries, mutual respect, openness, empathy and a sense of collaboration. Over the past 20 years, I have been tremendously inspired by the resiliency and courage I have witnessed time and time again in my clients and find it be a privilege to engage in this work.