As an existentially oriented psychotherapist with 25 years of experience treating a range of people in a variety of settings, I work most effectively with people who are open to mindfulness and other spiritual modalities. We will work together to create an alliance as we negotiate life's inevitable challenges by establishing empathy and understanding while maintaining a strategic and solution-focused stance. I draw on a significant number of resources in my work with my clients. This will include poetry, art, music, philosophy, spiritual teachings, and literature. An openness to art and other wisdom/learning traditions can assist patients with growth as well as the normalization of the human struggle.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
A different way of conceptualizing their problems. A sense that they have been truly heard and understood. A sense that I will partner with them to make a plan and move toward change and a resulting greater sense of ease.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
While I don't particularly like this question, I would say I draw from multiple modalities, including Existential Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Exposure Therapy, Nonviolent Communication, Buddhism, and Christianity.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I read and study deeply, and thus consider myself a student of the universal human question. I am open to learning from my patients, and consider psychotherapy to be a transactional and symbiotic process.