Philosophy of Treatment

I believe strongly in each person’s ability to change for the better, to get through hardship, and to succeed in life.  Within this framework, we all have times when we need to ask for assistance; when the load is either too much or inappropriate for one person to carry alone.  Often, we become disconnected from our relationship to ourselves and others.  Other times, an event occurs that throws us off balance or into an out and out tailspin.  Frequently, clients become stuck or blocked and need perspective and feedback to find a solution or healthier path.  I believe that, in most cases, in order to get past a challenge or pain, we must go through it rather than around it.   But that process does not always have to be destabilizing or terrifying.  I assist my clients to create a safe, comfortable space where they can truly be themselves and explore patterns, beliefs, coping mechanisms, relationships, and any other material that might help them on their journey in therapy.  I recognize that all change, even positive change, can be sometimes difficult, scary, or downright painful.  Never pushing but always encouraging, I collaborate with and support each client to delve as deeply as comfortable into their own process so they can get the most out of therapy in hopes of living happier, more authentic, and productive lives filled with affirming, positive relationships.

Though formally versed in Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic technique, I customize and adjust my approach to suit the need of each client or group of clients to create an individualized approach to treatment.  Use of Dialectical Behavior Training skills is often incorporated to assist those clients with specifically troubling, self-injurious and/or “therapy-interrupting” behaviors.

In addition to providing trainings and education, I have been interviewed for articles on regarding coping with bullying and managing a relationship with someone dealing with borderline personality disorder.  Both of these articles are available for your review and I believe both give a sense of my approach to these two issues and the types of interventions I might employ during the course of therapy, whether individual, couples, family or group.
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