My approach to psychotherapy is grounded in my belief that the key to improving our mental health lies in better integrating the mind and body or our cognitive processes with our emotional / intuitive self. I believe we are all content, fulfilled and happy at our core; however, years of conditioning and habitual behaviors can obscure this fact. Areas where we experience significant distress may offer the greatest opportunities for growth. By creating a safe, compassionate and productive setting and drawing on your inherent strengths and motivation, I can guide you through this process.
My work with adult clients draws heavily on my training in Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. In addition, my own meditation practice and personal success using relaxation and mindfulness techniques heavily influences my work. Having come to understand we are most creative and content when we feel a deeper connection to our world and those around us, I strive to assist my clients in grounding themselves in this deeper understanding and connection. Whenever possible, I feel it is helpful to involve families and partners in the process.
I have worked with adolescents in many different capacities over the past twenty years. I believe that, more than anything else, adolescents want to feel that they are being heard and are not being judged. This understanding along with uncovering what motivates a youth is key to facilitating change and growth. My approach is one that seeks to empower youth by drawing on their inherent strengths and motivation. In addition, I have come to understand that integrating caregivers and other family members into treatment allows for more experiential, and effective, therapy sessions.