Many people find it helpful to talk problems through with a close friend or family member, but some challenges are more than friends and family can handle. There are times when it's best to seek support from a professional therapist.
Talk therapy (also called psychotherapy or counseling), involves speaking to someone who is trained to help you explore your thoughts and feelings so that you can see how they effect your behavior and mood. More than just "venting," seeing a therapist can help you become aware of patterns that you want to change, and provide you with tools to help you think or act differently.
As a professional licensed therapist, I am trained to sit with difficult material, so you don't have to worry about burdening me with your problems. No subject is off-limits, or "too much," to be discussed in session. And unlike chatting with a friend or family member, our time together is designed to be focused solely on you, and everything you share is kept confidential.
My aim in working verbally is to help you find the words to accurately and authentically express yourself so that you can both come to know your experience more deeply and gain greater control of your life. You don't have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from talk therapy, and you get to decide what, how much, and when, you choose to disclose.
I will be an active participant in this process, and while our sessions are not designed to be conversational, you can expect me to ask questions and share observations. Even if we choose to incorporate more somatic approaches into our work together, we will use words to accompany those modalities, so we will often use talk therapy as a place to both begin and return home to.
I am familiar with a wide range of talk therapies, and will draw upon different traditions as appropriate to guide our work together. My talk therapy style draws heavily upon my extensive training in:
- Gestalt Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
I have also received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential Focusing, Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, 12-Step Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and the Sanctuary Model.