I see psychotherapy as a unique opportunity in which a client can meet with a qualified therapist, who is an objective person in the client’s life, to address problems or concerns. These problems may involve difficulty dealing with various life situations, or they might include anxiety, depression, or trouble in relationships.
In our work together we will identify one or more areas on which you would like to focus. When you come in each week, we will more closely examine these areas. I use an individually-tailored eclectic approach. That means that I use different schools of thought, and often combine them, in formulating my understanding of you and thinking about how to best help you. Psychodynamic, cognitive, and positive psychology theories all inform my work. The psychodynamic approach emphasizes the importance of your early life and your family relationships in understanding who you are. Your experiences in life – both positive and negative – have shaped you. It is important to explore some of these experiences and to understand how they have affected you.
While your past history is significant, it is also crucial not to “get stuck” in the past. Everyone needs to make some kind of peace with the past and then to move forward. This moving forward often involves examining some of your ways of thinking about yourself and the world. In therapy we will look together at your thoughts and thought patterns in order to determine which ones are useful and which are not. In addition, as you move forward, I will help you to identify and draw from your natural strengths in order to make the changes that you would like to make in your life.
At the beginning of therapy, I will be getting to know you – you as a person as well as the problems you are experiencing. In order to do that, I will be asking you many questions and listening to you carefully. As I get to know you, I will give you increasingly more feedback about yourself and will help you to see connections between your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
In our therapeutic relationship, while I am the one with the training and expertise, I see us working as a team to address your difficulties. I believe that our therapy relationship is very important and will welcome your questions and reactions. I will always try to make you feel comfortable and treat you with respect.