My style of work is to recognize and encourage you to develop and be true to your psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural needs.
I enjoy working with people who want to have a more meaningful life and deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. This understanding usually means a greater ability to problem-solve and manage the challenges of life. I am straightforward and curious and take time to get to know you.
I apply my training and practice in helping guide you to a deeper understanding of yourself, which includes both accepting yourself as your are and moving towards making the changes that your desire. This means we will spend time exploring and talking, but also put into practice any of the steps or tools to facilitate change and growth.
Play is a central way that children interact in the world.
I use play therapy techniques to engage them in solving problems and understanding their emotional experiences. Through play, I am able to provide children with psychological interventions that help them begin to manage some of the issues they are struggling with.
Through the therapeutic relationship, play therapy, talking, art therapy, sand play, as well as the essential collaboration with parents, teachers and other important adults, the child and family may begin to master the concerns that brought them to therapy.
I may also recommend family therapy if that appears to be the best way to address the therapeutic concerns.
My style with adolescents is gentle and collaborative, even as I hold clients accountable for co-creating their therapy experience. We work together to determine ways to improve, accept, or change different aspects of one’s life.
Generally, after assessing the issues presented, the adolescent client and I form goals that we want to accomplish in treatment. Typically, after a few sessions, even those adolescents who have had reservations about being in therapy begin to see the benefits and become invested in their own therapy process.
My approach involves varying amounts of work with parents, depending on the age and maturity of the adolescent.
My approach to adult work is very collaborative.
Typically, we set specific goals, which we focus on in psychotherapy, and revisit and/or revise these goals as time progresses.
Depending on the particular needs or goals of the client, we may spend some time addressing past issues that are affecting the client currently and focus on what needs to be accepted and/or changed presently in order for life to progress in a desired way.