Emotional Healing. Now.
I am an experienced individual therapist. My mission as a clinician is to facilitate a therapy experience that is integrative, transformational and in which real healing can take place. We put our heads together: my skills, knowledge, and experience with your feelings, thoughts, and capabilities — to co-create a collaborative therapeutic relationship. The aim is to strengthen and use your inner drive to health so you can take charge of your life and direct yourself towards the goals that you identify. You can expect an atmosphere of acceptance, safety and respect in which you can reveal yourself and your inner life without fear of shame, blame, or judgment. Experience has taught me that deep and lasting change is possible if we are both willing to work hard together.
People come to me for help with:
- Anxiety and depression
- Out-of-control emotions and impulsivity
- Somatic complaints and chronic pain
- Trauma and PTSD
- Self-esteem and personality problems
- Relationship problems
- Pet grief and loss
If you are going through hell, keep going.Winston Churchill
Do I really need therapy?
Well, maybe not. If self-help is helping; if most of the time you feel good about yourself and bad moods are only fleeting; if you have people close to you that you can talk with openly — great! On the other hand, if you find yourself
- exploding in anger, or overwhelmed with other feelings
- miserable or unhappy
- stuck in behavior patterns you aren’t able to change
- burdened by past memories or actions
- can’t share personal material with the people around you
You can talk with a professional therapist about anything, and express all your feelings. I won’t take it personally.
I don’t know where to begin
We begin with whatever you identify as emotionally troubling for you. I have no preconceived expectations.
There are some things bothering me inside, but I don’t feel ready to talk about them.
Since it is your therapy, it is your decision what you want to address in our sessions. We can begin wherever you choose.
Why the focus on emotions? I am afraid of being overwhelmed by mine
Reason #1: Feelings are an important part of you. They are a fact of life, an attribute of being human. Humans are hard-wired to have a range of emotions.
Reason #2: When you try to deny or ignore your feelings, they build up inside, which creates internal pressure. In therapy, we build your capacity to tolerate and face your emotions so that you can stop running running from them.
Reason #3: Your feelings are like an internal GPS system: they tell you where you are and where you want to go. When you know what you feel, and what you want, this self-knowledge informs you to have a sense of direction for yourself. And you have better information about yourself with which to make decisions.
I have been diagnosed and labelled
Diagnoses are used to show “medical necessity” to insurance companies, but they are otherwise not terribly useful, in my view. The label that’s been put on you doesn’t tell us who you really are. Finding and living your authentic self may be a goal of therapy.
Therapies I’ve tried in the past haven’t helped
I see a number of people who have had previous unsuccessful therapies. History is not destiny. The real question is, What is troubling you currently? What are your goals? If you don’t want to suffer any longer and are motivated to change, we will use your internal drive, strengths and the capacities that you bring to our joint effort. These are what make each therapy individualized and unique.