I provide intensive psychotherapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
My focus is on working with difficult emotional experience and yielding positive emotional experiences and relational experiences.
I work with the goal to go beyond reduction in symptoms to making the way for human flourishing and deeply pro-social existing with others.
I believe that psychotherapy is not simply working with mental disease and pathology, but about transforming to the degree that others can live a life outside of the fight/flight/freeze states of stress, trauma and reactivity to realize who one truly is beyond our past conditioning.
My Specific Approach and What to Expect
I consider my school of psychotherapy to be a gentle experiential way of working towards change. This means that I work in the moment in a deeply mindful manner and I create a space where everything about the other is accepted and validated without any judgement.
With children, my ‘experiential’ approach tends to focus on play, art and other means of non-verbal expression with emphasis on working towards healthy relating to caregivers and how parents can help lessen their child’s negative states and anxieties.
I do not believe change and transformation can begin to happen unless the normal stresses and anxieties of a client’s everyday life are lessened or ceased, so that the psychotherapeutic space can feel good, and comfortable.
I work with almost surgical precision to assess my client’s anxieties and ability to handle the next step or intervention. I never force anything and always ask permission to try new things or explore new areas.
The most I expect from clients and their families is a willingness to explore their edge of change to the degree that this is possible and I will help with the rest.
My work is heavily influenced by:
- Trauma theory
- Attachment Theory
- New frontiers of neuroscience on the human change process
- Positive Psychology-the psychology of human potential