My first priority is that you feel safe, comfortable, and that your story is respected and heard in the context of our sessions. Technically speaking I use an integrative approach when treating clients. What this means is that techniques and interventions I use are informed by a combination of well researched theories and therapies. I conceptualize my clients using Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Feminist, and Existential theories. In working with clients I might focus on exploration of your thoughts and behaviors, how your past informs your present, multiple roles you inhabit and how they impact you, your experience of our culture, and broader questions about the nature of who we are as humans. Ideally our work together will lead to a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and to solving your problems. As these insights are realized we might discuss ways in which you can change habits or behaviors that do not work for you. This could be in a variety of areas of your life such as how you communicate with your partner or in changing a narrative about yourself that is harmful in some way. I regard my clients with compassion, warmth, transparency, and openness and you will experience me as active, engaged, non-judgmental, and curious. I also acknowledge that everyone is different and no one treatment plan will work for everyone. From this perspective I consider therapy to be a collaborative enterprise where I trust you to inform me about what does and does not work for you. My goal is to help you pursue a life that is congruent with your values.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work with a diverse group of clients in terms of their family backgrounds, race, religious practices, sexual orientation, political ideology, socioeconomic status, and gender identity. I value and respect diversity and am constantly considering and reflecting on how my own identity, race, gender, biases, and privilege impact how I interact and work with my clients. I am committed to creating a climate where ALL are respected and heard both inside and outside the walls of my office.