Going to therapy doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or “sick” – it means you’re courageous and tired enough of what you’re going through to talk to a person trained to listen in deep and meaningful ways. Come talk with me! We’ll work together so you can live your most authentic life. Get Help and Get Happier!"
“Firm and fair” is the best way to describe my therapy style. I have tremendous compassion for the reasons people are the way they are; and I also expect people to be accountable for themselves in the present. In other words, I will emotionally “hug” you and help you grieve past hurts and losses one minute. The next minute, I will figuratively give you a loving nudge to get you moving forward, holding you accountable for identifying and dealing with “your part” in your circumstances.
For the most part, I don’t see it as my job to give “advice,” but to help guide you toward discovering your own answers for your particular circumstances. Primarily, I want to help each patient improve their relationship with themselves, develop healthy skills for dealing with life on life’s terms, and live life fully. As a result, most people find that their relationships with others are improved and life circumstances are more easily dealt with.
Connecting with my patients is one of my greatest strengths. For that reason, my “firm and fair” approach works – even when the “firm” seems to outweigh the "fair!" I will always respect a patient’s desire not to address any issue, although I may encourage consideration to do so if I think it’s something important.
I am primarily a psychodynamic therapist, meaning I look to your past to understand how early life experiences may be affecting your present-day behavior and relationships. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, focusing on thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they influence how we perceive our circumstances. I utilize intervention tools from a variety of therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
The world is a-changin’ and I am doing my darnedest to keep up with the online options for therapy. This is a great way for people who are running in the rat race to carve out time for therapy sessions without having to leave the office; for people who don’t want to leave home to get therapy right there in the nest, snuggled up with their puppy, sitting in their favorite chair; and for those who live in the boonies (like me), to obtain therapy services without it taking several hours on the road to do so!