Approach to Therapy
In working with clients, my aim to improve their ability to manage emotional distress and related psychological symptoms to provide lasting and meaningful change. This includes creating change that avoids an open-ended reliance on therapy.
As human beings, we rely on emotions to navigate our external environment and our internal experience. Emotions inform us of our wants, needs, and interests. Learning how to listen to our emotions, however, is a difficult process. In fact, many of us minimize, avoid, or ignore our internal feelings. Others have never learned how to attend to and reflect on emotions. Challenges and struggles result from failing to respond to our internal emotional states; this can lead to internal conflicts, relationship concerns, difficult moods, psychological symptoms, distress, and discomfort. In addition to learning to better reflect on our emotions and any resulting distressful symptoms, therapy provides an opportunity to reflect on 1) what is most important to us, 2) how we better obtain larger, meaningful life goals, and 3) how we live our best life.
While symptom reduction and recovery are the hopeful outcomes of therapeutic treatment, I additionally emphasize the importance of connecting with one’s authenticity. Authenticity guides our preferences, our personality, and our interests. Authenticity allows us to be our best self and respond productively to our internal feeling states without allowing unrealistic expectations (set by ourselves or others) to interfere with our decision-making and our well-being. Without enhancing and celebrating our authenticity, we become trapped in misguided patterns catering to external influences that are incongruent with our sense of self. Increasing one’s authenticity will increase resilience to life stressors and periods of emotional turmoil well after symptom reduction is obtained.
To connect with our authentic self, we must integrate our emotions, our biological influences, our social world, our various identities (personality, work, family, relational), our interests, and our lifestyle. I can assist you with this process through therapy.
Every therapist has a theoretical orientation; a theoretical orientation is a specific perspective and approach towards conducting therapy often obtained during graduate studies and later enhanced in professional work. There are countless theoretical orientations, which serve different purposes, symptoms, and types of individuals. My theoretical orientation is called integrative, which is an approach that draws from several theoretical orientations and tailors treatment to each client, each couple, and each partner based on their presenting concerns and their therapeutic goals. An integrative approach is not a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, this approach adjusts to your specific needs. My integrative theoretical orientation utilizes several therapy models, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic (or insight-oriented), relational, mindfulness-based approaches, and humanistic. For couple and multiple partner therapy, my work is informed through Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. If you would like to learn more about my theoretical orientation or about the aforementioned theoretical models, please contact me directly.
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