My work is client-centered, which means I work with what the individual brings to the session, without a predetermined idea of how it will go. I also take a strengths-based approach, meaning that I don’t pathologize my clients; instead, I try to emphasize their own inherent health. Often times this involves working through layers of thoughts and feelings to get down to what really matters. I believe that our symptoms are ways that the parts of ourselves that we marginalize are attempting to communicate with us. By listening to these messages, we can find a path to health and wholeness.
I look at a client’s situation through a systemic lens. By considering your relationships with the things that impact your life, be they family, partners, co-workers, food, drugs, or environment, to more abstract thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, we can get a better understanding of not just what is holding you back, but what resources you have to help you move forward.
I work with a wide range of clients whose issues may include:
- relationship issues
- anxiety / panic
- boundary setting
- men’s issues
- grief and loss
- substance use/abuse
- spiritual issues / peak experiences
Mindfulness-based therapy operates on the principle that your brain will undergo positive change merely by paying attention to your current experience. By encouraging clients to focus on what they are experiencing in the moment, and by my sharing that experience with them, mindfulness-based therapy helps to form new neural connections between various parts of the brain, with the result often being greater emotional regulation and decreased resistance to experiencing internal states. These traits allow us to move through life being more engaged and present while also increasing our resilience. We are able to more easily touch the wounded parts of ourselves, and through that, heal.