Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential, neutral relationship to explore what is causing difficulty. The opportunity to look at yourself with someone who respects you and your process allows you to speak the unspeakable, giving room to the ineffable—those moments of awe that come only when we let the full range of who we are be seen and known.
We sit together in a quiet space being present to whatever feelings come up. The noise of the outside world is put on hold for an hour: no ringing phones, text messages, TV, or other distractions. This environment invites opening up the parts of ourselves we keep shut down, secret, or tied up in knots. Tears are likely, but so is laughter and joy. Therapy is not only about pain but also learning to live well with the inevitable difficulties that life holds, and finding the laughter that lives alongside pain.
One size does not fit all when it comes to finding a good therapist. Many variables influence the extent to which people get better, solve problems, and grow. The best psychotherapy creatively facilitates developing the disposition for happiness by encouraging self-transformation and self-integration. Ultimately, the therapeutic relationship ends and the client moves on in life with a strengthened sense of self that can better tolerate both good and painful feelings.
I work to help people create a sense of well-being that remains steady despite the frustrating and unexpected challenges of life. Often, negative habits of thought and automatic reaction interfere with achieving happiness. Old hurts, anger, self-doubt, fear—these can rob us of the satisfaction we know we are capable of feeling. We look for ways to really be our best.
Many problems can be helped by therapy. Every person’s situation is unique, so I work to understand your particular needs. I aim to help you identify the sources of genuine well-being and develop your wisdom, compassion, and happiness.
- Anxiety and worry
- Dealing with illness
- Anger control problems
- Job stress
- Work-life balance
- Self-esteem, identity, and phase of life issues
- Family problems