We cannot choose the life we are born into. We CAN try to work to move beyond the limitations of our past and create a better life, build something new. That is the potential power of therapeutic work. As the poet Mary Oliver once said, “Tell me. What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Sometimes when we are struggling, what we really need is someone to be present while we experience parts of our selves and share thoughts and memories that we fear. And if that someone can show love and illuminate what we struggle to make sense of, then the work is unfolding. The healing is happening. I hope that I can be a part of that healing for you.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship. Connecting weekly with a therapist can model healthier relationships and healthy attachment and transform your life in powerful ways. I work with my client to develop a deeper understanding of his/her life and “symptoms” or “problems”, which helps lead to healing in a holistic manner.
My work blends dialectical behavior therapy with depth psychotherapy. Learning how to manage emotions, live mindfully, improve relationships, and cope with difficult life moments is important. I also work with my client to find ways to bring soul back into ones life and to help create meaning and deeper understanding.
With children and teens, depending on their age and needs, I do play therapy, sand tray, and art therapy. I also try to teach mindfulness and emotional regulation skills in a fun way. With teens I incorporate dream work into the therapy as well and work with them on improving social skills and asserting boundaries in relationships.
Our Work Together
In our therapeutic sessions, we will work together to discover what your needs and goals are. If relevant in our work together, I will teach mindfulness, skills to manage emotions and endure crisis or distress, and skills to improve relationships with others.
Working together to build a life that incorporates soul and feels meaningful is significant in the depth aspect of the work I do with clients, as is self compassion. It is important that we do not just treat symptoms but also discover why they are presenting themselves in your life and where they come from. And it is crucial that we discover together ways in which you can live a soulful and meaningful life that brings you joy. I am a big believer in needing to work through something to live beyond it. But that does not mean that you cannot learn coping skills along the way to help empower you and help you better manage your life.
I provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I do so from the perspective of a depth psychologist. I strongly believe in incorporating the unconscious into my work with clients and enjoy doing so when a client is interested. We do this through talk therapy, sandtray therapy, dreamwork, art therapy, and discussion of past experience and how it might be revealing itself in your life currently. I also work from a person-centered perspective, as I believe a strong relationship with a therapist is crucial to long-lasting healing.