My approach to psychotherapy is based on a psychoanalytic understanding of human behavior. I believe our childhood experiences and early childhood relationships shape the way we view ourselves and others, shape our beliefs and feelings, and shape how we experience the world. We then carry that into our adult lives, often sunconsciously, and it drives our behavior and the choices we make. When we can see how our present experiences link to the past, we can unhook ourselves and make better and more authentic choices based on what we really want and need in the present. Our work together will focus on the present and the future, but I use the past that shaped you to help you free yourself from its influence.
I operate on the belief that when we deepen our understanding and relationship with ourselves, we can then create a life with more freedom and meaning. My goal is to help you gain more control over your life and deepen your understanding of yourself, your needs, and your relationships with others.
I take a holistic approach to psychotherapy and believe that our mental health is influenced by:
- Brain Functioning
- Abuse & Neglect
- Family Dysfunction
- Relationship Dysfunction
- Social Conditioning
- Internalized Oppression
I also believe mental health conditions are a result of a misalignment of the mind-body-soul connection. For those interested in alternative treatments to medications, we may discuss the mental, emotional, and physiological benefits of adding yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness, guided meditation, journaling, accupuncture, massage, herbal supports, detox, dietary changes, and vitamin supplementation to your self-care routine. Wellbeing is cultivated by the healthy lifestyle choices we make and it starts with the way you treat yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Throughout my work with clients, I believe in the healing power of honoring your own inner voice, emotions, strengths, passions, intuition, culture, and personal values to help guide your life choices. My role is to help you get rid of self-limiting beliefs and old conditioning that holds you back from what you truly want in your life now and moving forward. I empower my clients to believe in themselves so they can make decisions that are aligned with their needs and authentic self.
With me, you can expect to be heard, accepted, embraced, valued, validated, supported, encouraged, and at times challenged to step out of the confinements that might be keeping you stuck.
My clients come to me looking for extra support in the following areas:
- Stress management
- Depression & low mood
- Self-care strategies
- Shadow work (developing personal awareness & identifying personal power)
- Grief & loss
- Life transitions
- Narcissistic abuse
- Positive parenting strategies to connect with your teen
- Self-value, self-esteem, self-love, & self-worth
- Positive mindset development
- Changing negative core beliefs
- People pleasing
- Dating stress
- Forgiveness & letting go of the past
- Self-sabotoging behaviors
My Philosophy is collaborative and resiliency based, which involves listening to my clients and identifying goals that address their concerns in a way and pace that's most comfortable for them. I use a variety of treatment modalities as I believe that no single approach fits everyone's needs. My approach is strengths-based, solution-focused, and insight-oriented, and the healing modalities I use include mindfulness, CBT, ACT, EFT, resiliency model, and trauma recovery. It's my belief that using a combination of these treatments can provide profound and lasting changes within my clients.
I help clients feel expansive enough to make choices based on what is genuine rather than feeling weighted down by old conditioning, expectations, and people-pleasing. Often, after just a few sessions, my clients tell me they "start to feel like a weight has been lifted".
My responsibilities to you are to be authentic, supportive, compassionate, and non-judgemental, to provide you with a safe and confidential space, and to provide you tools that bring relief and cultivate resilience.
I work with individuals, teens, parents, and couples of all genders, ages, orientations, cultures, and ethnicities. It's my nature to celebrate diversity!
Real change happens by means of healing the past, getting to know your authentic self, trying on new perspectives, learning effective communication skills, increasing self-esteem, developing social skills, creating healthy boundaries, healing from break-ups, choosing and maintaining healthy relationships, discovering your passions, reinventing yourself, choosing satisfying careers, and living a life you really want.
Therapy is an investment in yourself that can have life-long benefits. If you're ready to begin this journey together, let's connect!