Most people come to therapy because they no longer want to live in pain and discomfort. That pain and discomfort may be caused by anxiety, depression, feeling lost, feeling stuck, or experiencing relationship difficulties. Therapy can help you develop more adaptive communication skills, coping strategies, and insights in your life. It can help you develop new ways of thinking about yourself and your relationships with others. Ultimately our goal will be to help you know and accept yourself in more meaningful and satisfying ways.
Psychotherapy has been called the talking cure. The process can be difficult to describe, as it may vary for every client, therapist, and presenting issue. The initial few sessions most likely will be dedicated to getting to know each other and to identifying the difficulties that have brought you to therapy. Depending on those difficulties, we may initially turn our attention to problem-focused strategies. These will be strategies aimed at improving your functioning. It is difficult to explore your thought and emotions, when you are living from one emergency to another. As your functioning improves, you will start to feel more safe, secure, and stable. Your capability to face and investigate difficult questions will increase. So will your ability to recognize your strengths, forgive yourself your shortcomings, recognize the resources you possess, and develop the support system that you need.
Therapy is a process that takes time, patience, courage, curiosity, and commitment. One of the most important components of successful psychotherapy is the relationship between therapist and client. Thus, it is important that we develop a relationship based on trust and hope. A strong therapeutic relationship will support you on your journey as you grapple with difficult questions and, sometimes, uncomfortable answers. Our work will focus on supporting you to develop self-awareness during our sessions. We will further work on encouraging you to use that capacity for being in tune with your feelings, motives, and desires, until it becomes a strength that you carry with you in all other relationships and situations.
I specialize in both brief-solution focused therapy as well as long-term insight-oriented therapy. I will integrate all the information about your presenting difficulties, your preferences, and your goals. I will use that information to develop a treatment plan and decide the approach of our work. I have trained in many styles of therapy and can work with you in a variety of ways. I can make suggestions or give my professional opinion, but ultimately, no one knows what's better for you than you do. I want the therapeutic process to be a collaboration and I will tailor our approach to fit your needs.