The tendency for psychological imprints to invade our current lives can be seen in
old, seemingly intractable habit patterns that cause problems for us and for those
in relationship with us. While mindfulness identifies and allows us to be with our
experience, therapy helps break the old habit patterns and points us in the direction
People often come to therapy feeling broken, wounded or intractably “screwed up.”
The causes for our problems are a combination of temperamental, biological, environmental,
historical and development factors. We often think, “I should be able to solve this
on my own,” but in truth, none of us live in isolation. We need others to help us
grow, develop and mature. Therapy creates a unique environment wherein one is allowed
to explore, experiment and experience themselves openly, in compassionate and non-judgemental
relationship to another who helps clarify, guide and redirect us in appropriate ways.
Therapy involves two people working together. No matter who is experiencing problems,
recovery cannot happen in isolation.
My Approach: Flexible, Compassionate and Client-Centered
We start by trying to understand the root of your complaint, where the problem came
from, what it is all about, how it effects you and how it effects those around you.
Insight is essential, but that is only the first step. Understanding the problem,
we still must know what to do. Mindfulness is the foundation of any investigation
into what is happening in our lives. It also creates the room to recognize we have
more choices, but we then must learn what is the most skillful means for making change.
I use multiple modalities to help clients recognize and free themselves from old
habit patterns. Just as no two people are alike, there is no single approach for
everyone. I am adept at working with people at multiple levels, depending on their
Emotion Focused Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Areas of interest ...
Types of support ...
Grief and loss
Clarification of purpose
Less emotional distress
Finding the right therapist is an important decision. Research shows that working
with the right therapist is essential to any helping relationship is establishing
safety and trust. If you do not feel confident and secure with your therapist, you
may have difficulty discovering what is troubling you and then lack confidence in
making the changes that will improve your life.
I help clients with a variety of problems. One of my specialities is helping people
recover from trauma (PTSD), physical and emotional abuse and from childhood sexual
abuse. I also specialize in addictions, most notably helping people involved in 12-Step
who can benefit from professional support. Family members of people struggling with
addictions can also benefit from my services. Couples counseling is another of my
focuses and is a powerful means for two people to work on their relationship problems
while exploring their own lives at the same time. I also help people with problems
related to anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, stress and grief.
Whatever your problem or concern, we can work together to help find meaning in your