In simple words, I work to get to know you, and to help you to pay attention to what you are feeling, sensing, thinking and doing, and then use therapeutic strategies that bring about healing and growth. If you want more details...read on!
In my practice, I work from the perspective that people are shaped in the context of relationships and that it is through relationship with oneself and with others that transformation happens. I believe that the therapy process can foster mental flexibility, relieve emotional suffering, restore a sense of ease in the mind and body, and help clients to thrive.
My approach with my clients is collaborative (you and I are a team), emotionally-focused, neurobiological (strengthening helpful brain pathways and flow in the nervous system), and guided by your values and what you are hoping to gain from therapy.
My approach is also practical and down to earth. I hope that my clients become equipped to be their own therapist in whatever capacity is possible for them. Whether we work together briefly or longer term depends on what your needs and goals are.
Rather than working to fix or remove thoughts and emotions, I guide clients to notice and accept their experiences, while at the same time learning to make more room for what brings about health. There will always be ups and downs, but it is possible to find balance and vitality.
In conjunction with the above practices, I believe that a therapist's level of wellness can influence what is possible for their clients, and am committed to self-care practices that allow me to conduct my work effectively and with heart.
When working with parents and children/youth, my approach is collaborative, playful and practical, helping to identify unhelpful patterns and encouraging interactions that promote both secure attachment and healthy child development. I have never met a perfect parent (myself included!), however I can work with you to have more moments and days when you feel like a pretty good one!