Counseling Philosophy and Approach

I view mental health counseling as a collaborative alliance that impacts both client and therapist and believe that all transformation is rooted in relationship. The time we spend together will be in a safe and trusting environment where we work to address your reasons for seeking help, your unmet needs, and the goals that you consider important to realize. I believe that change occurs through actively engaging in the disruption of our usual experience and behavior, allowing us to awaken to the themes and patterns from our past and present so that we may respond differently in the future. By entering the stories of your life through curiosity, empathy and vulnerability, we will work towards developing new stories of esteem, courage, and healing.

My approach is primarily narrative, psychodynamic, and client-centered therapy that is oriented by attachment and object relations theory. Essentially this means that I see relationships as central to the ways we understand ourselves and the world.

In addition to Talk therapy, I am also trained to utilize Lifespan Integration therapy to deal with past trauma and places in life where you fill stuck.  What is Lifespan Integration?

If you think you have arrived at the answer, you haven’t asked enough questions.
— Irwin Kula, Yearnings

Common Reasons for Pursuing Therapy

  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relational difficulties
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Athletic performance
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Spirituality
  • Family dynamics
  • Life transitions
  • Work performance