Why I Became a Therapist
I became a therapist because of my desire to help others. I believe in a psychodynamic approach, meaning that I will work with you to help you understand how your subconscious thoughts are affecting your present behavior. I believe that there are many different paths you may take in understanding yourself and what holds you back in life. Only once someone truly understands themselves can the changes they want happen. By understanding and utilizing a variety of methods, I draw on many different tools to help our work together be as effective as possible.
I believe that you are the expert in your life — I am simply a guide along your journey, to help you along the path to realizing your goals. Together, we will talk about your history, your present, and your hopes for the future. Through our work together, I believe we can understand how your thoughts and emotions have guided you, and, where they can guide you. You can learn how to change your negative thought patterns and emotional responses to help you live your life to the maximum.
Through my training in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and insight-oriented therapy styles, I believe a therapist should have a sensitive yet directive approach. With warmth and understanding, I ask questions and challenge you to face and discuss your thoughts, fears and memories that may be holding you back.
I have experience in areas such as depression, anxiety, sexual/intimacy issues, parenting, relationships, marriage, pregnancy loss, infertility and child loss.
Through my work with individuals, couples and families, I have come to understand how important it is for my clients to appreciate themselves and understand their roles, both as individuals and as part of their greater family systems and societies. Change cannot occur in a vacuum — I work with my clients to help them see how the people in their lives affected them, and how they can truly affect change in their own environments by changing themselves.
By nature, I am a curious person. I love people, finding out what makes them do the things they do. This natural curiosity helps me to learn about your experiences and how they have shaped your thoughts, feelings, simply, your life.
I also firmly believe in the mind-body connection. I encourage clients to be aware of how their body responds to different events in their life, and teach them how to work with these early physiological responses to handle stressful triggers more effectively.
In addition, I am a certified EMDR therapist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a type of therapy which helps clients heal from suffering that is a result of disturbing and/or stressful life experiences. (For more information please click here)
I don’t just see this as a job. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to work with you. I consider it a privilege to be invited into someone’s inner world, and, I respect the trust that my clients have placed in me.