Over ten years of practice, I have based my approach on certain core beliefs:
You Are Whole
When you are suffering, do you have the sense that you are broken and need to be fixed? The standard psychopathology model that diagnoses “disorders” can support this notion that people are somehow damaged or are a problem to be solved. I have found it more useful to assume that you are already whole, already good, and have been that way all along. Using Somatic therapy techniques from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Hakomi, I intend to give you the space to experience yourself as whole and fundamentally good.
You Are Capable and Resilient
Along with my belief that you are already whole, I believe that you have an inherent capacity to thrive. You have untapped sources of strength and resilience that can be highlighted and more deeply cultivated. While developing my skills as a therapist, I also dedicated six years to researching sources of resilience such as forgiveness and gratitude. I integrate this research into our sessions to help you more clearly see and strengthen your already existing positive traits.
You Can Live a Deeply Meaningful and Fulfilling Life
Along with helping you realize your wholeness and strength, I intend to help you feel fulfilled and oriented toward what you most value. Using a powerful, evidence based therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I focus on working with you to get you unstuck from your struggles with distressing experiences such as sadness, anxiety, anger, and shame. As we create a more mindful relationship with your distressing thoughts and emotions, you will be freer to move toward meaning and fulfillment. Along this path to fulfillment, I welcome any spiritual and religious belief as an important and healing force that could enrich our work together.
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