I feel privileged to have been given the trust of many people over the years, asking for my help to heal issues in their lives. I am passionate about the work, and extremely dedicated to my clients.
I begin where my client is, and initially focus on what I view as the most fundamental task of successful psychotherapy: establishing a positive, safe, therapeutic relationship, the ingredient, research shows, that most facilitates change. Using a collaborative approach, I empower my clients to build upon their own resources. I utilize numerous therapeutic modalities depending upon my clients’ needs. I welcome diversity with respect to cultural, religious, sexual, and gender issues. I enjoy working with a variety of presenting concerns, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, past and/or present abuse, other forms of trauma, as well as relationship difficulties, sexual orientation issues, medical and health concerns, grief and loss, stress management, and family of origin issues.
I have been utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a model of therapy designed to help people process traumatic events, in order to decrease and eliminate many kinds of symptoms. Feedback over the past 18 years that I have been using this model has been excellent, and clients continue to find great relief from issues that brought them to therapy. Some examples of traumatic or high stress events processed during therapy include but are not limited to sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse, war trauma, violence, bullying, motor vehicle accidents, medical/health traumas, childhood with alcoholic parents, and stress from a wide variety of issues. Phobias are another type of problem that are often eliminated with the use of EMDR therapy, for example, fear of flying.
I see people in individual psychotherapy, and also in couple or family therapy. When I am seeing more than one person, I begin by seeing the system, either the couple or the family, for one or two sessions, and then as part of my assessment I often see each person individually at least once. At that time we all get together again and I share my assessment with everyone and recommend a direction in therapy, which we discuss together.