- “I am miserable every morning and need a good reason to just get up."
- "I spend more time online than I do with actual people."
- “Why do I fight so much with the people I love and live with?”
- "I wish I had more quality relationships."
- "The sex was not consensual...and no one believes me."
- "I can't believe everyone can have a baby but me."
- "I know my eating patterns need to be changed.”
People come to therapy with varying needs, levels of motivation and ability to change. A thorough assessment helps me to meet you where you are at the moment and work with you to discover reasonable goals and how to overcome existing obstacles to attain them. I then use a variety of strategies, depending on the client’s needs. These include:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you understand the relationship between how you think and how you feel. By understanding the mind-body connection and learning techniques to refocus, you will feel better.
Developmental Approach: We all go through predictable stages of life and transitions where challenges unique to that period of our development as human beings are encountered. These are normal developmental challenges we need to address. The Developmental Approach will focus on building on your existing skills/strengths and learning some new tools/strategies to encounter these normal challenges more effectively.
Marital/Family Systems: We are all a product of family dynamics and sometimes, even as we form our own individual and family lives, we take some worn out strategies with us. By understanding the systemic operating system, we are in a better position to reformulate and renovate a system that works for us now.
Overall, my philosophy embraces the need for flexibility to understand your unique needs and to use whatever approach(es) are appropriate for your circumstances.