I approach my work with compassion, curiosity, openness and non-judgment. Instead of taking on the role of “expert” with my clients, I try to help them access their own expertise about themselves and their circumstances. I see my work as a creative collaboration, and my role as an informed guide. However, I do not shy from taking a more directive stance if this feels necessary to making the changes you desire.
Below are brief descriptions of my preferred modalities. I apply these based on what fits well for each client, making sure that we discuss how the process feels as we go. Clicking on the links will take you to more detailed descriptions of each type of work.
Sex Therapy Sex therapy focuses primarily on issues around sexual functioning such as loss of sexual desire or erectile dysfunction. In this type of work we will carefully consider each life dimension that affects your sexuality including (but not limited to) family, culture, age and health. Collaboration with medical providers may be particularly important in this work.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction By being more engaged in each present moment of our lives, or "single-tasking" instead of multitasking, we can dramatically decrease our stress and increase our happiness and fulfillment. I use the principles of mindfulness to help people embrace change.
Emotionally-Focused (EFT) EFT can help couples grow past their anger and defensiveness with one another by creating a safe environment for vulnerability and understanding. This evidence-based approach can be quick and effective for couples who feel stuck in repetitive patterns of conflict.
Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) CBT is based on the idea that by actively working to change our habits of thought we can change our patterns of behavior as well. It has been found particularly effective for decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Dialectical Behavior (DBT) DBT combines CBT, mindfulness principles and other ideas to help people change unhelpful patterns. Although DBT techniques can be used to create change for anyone, it is particularly effective for those struggling with personality disorders.
Internal Family Systems IFS is built on the notion that each of us is comprised of different, sometimes conflicting, "parts", much like the system of a family. I have found this approach helps people conceptualize their struggles in new and creative ways, allowing for insight and transformation.
Narrative therapy By thinking of our lives as "stories", sometimes we can examine our troubles from the more empowered perspective of the author. By engaging our creativity and imagination when we're feeling stuck, we may reconnect with our sense of agency and hope.