My Approach to Counseling
While I draw from a variety of therapeutic orientations, I find that I connect most with a psychodynamic relational approach. This is a collaborative style in which we look not only at your current struggles, but also your significant relationships, both past and present. I believe that all of us are born with a desire to connect with others and with ourselves. I also find that sometimes (often) there are things that prevent that from happening: Trauma, heartache, abandonment and loss, to name a few. These things, and so many others, can leave us feeling hopeless and disconnected.
Throughout the counseling process, my work is to listen and your work is to speak. I have found that some stories, often the ones that hold our deepest pain, are difficult to put into words. I will listen to what you are saying, and I will also listen for what you might not have the words for yet. I will invite you to wonder with me about the hidden and silenced parts of yourself. My hope is that, as you and I build a relationship of safety and trust, you will give voice to the silenced parts of yourself and come to be known and understood in newer and deeper ways.
I work with a wide variety of issues; however, my special interests include healing from trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, family conflict, anxiety, and depression. My priority is that our work together will feel safe, collaborative, and hopeful.
I offer individual counseling for adults and adolescents, EMDR therapy, and relationship and pre-marital counseling drawing from an Emotionally Focused Therapy approach. I would be happy to talk with you further if you have questions about any of these.
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