Therapeutic Approach

My theoretical approach is mainly from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and attachment perspective with a social justice lens. My focus is not on the "what" but the "why." I am interested in creating a space where you can feel safe about discovering new things about yourself and your relationships. 

Finding out the "why" tends to bring relief. When we discover why people make certain decisions or how they feel about themselves and others, then we can talk about what you want to change and what aspects of your life that you are satisfied with. There is no "one size fits all" approach to therapy. I know that people may have different styles of relating (internal/external processing, feelers vs thinkers, concrete vs abstract learners) and this helps me to get a sense on how to work with you in how you are wired. Research actually says that therapy helps when the therapist is well trained and the client feels deeply understood by the therapist. 

The social justice lens part of the therapeutic work says that I, as a therapist, see race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disabilities, socioeconomic status, and privileges & disadvantages and can address you, the client, in light of your different identities. When we to bring ourselves to a place of self-acceptance and compassion, we can engage with the world in a way that results in more aliveness, not invisibility.

This journey of counseling is long term and requires at least a once a week commitment. Frequent and consistent work produces faster and longer lasting results. I understand that this work requires a lot of financial and time commitment and I want you know that I equally take this as seriously as you do. 

If this seems interesting to you, please feel free to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation with me to see if we will be a good fit for each other. 

“Your silence will not protect you.”
— Audre Lorde