I believe that the heart of therapy is creating a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere to deepen understanding of how once-necessary but now outdated beliefs and patterns are obstacles to a sense of fulfillment and happiness. In a respectful and collaborative therapeutic relationship, we work to clarify and expand your life story, explore hidden and unrealized parts of yourself to reduce shame and guilt, and untangle confusing expectations of yourself and others. I deeply believe this work can generate emotional stability, increased forgiveness of yourself and others, and connect you with your true ambition and a more fully authentic sense of self.
I have extensive experience working with:
- Therapy for depression and anxiety, including shyness and self-esteem issues
- Marriage, couples and relationship counseling
- Grief and loss
- Infidelity, separation and divorce
- Men's issues/men in transition
- Gay and lesbian issues
- Spirituality/existential questioning
- Encouraging and harnessing creativity
- Substance abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
- Personality disorders
Although I primarily draw on a contemporary Relational Psychodynamic approach, I also incorporate understandings and techniques from a number of other theories: Cognitive-Behavioral theory, Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Family Systems theory.