My approach matches specific therapy techniques to the individual needs of my
clients. This is done in a collaborative manner which respects the input and
uniqueness of each person. Over my years of training, I chose to learn those
techniques which most effectively address the root causes of the problems most
people face. These include developmental effects of insufficient or unhealthy
attachment during childhood, a lack of skills for dealing with emotional
stress and/ or life tasks, and trauma – an overwhelming experience that
feels like a threat to self or loved ones.
This said, there are common elements of therapy present in all cases.
Regardless of the initial concern or the intervention used, the connection
between therapist and client is of fundamental importance to the
individual's healing process. To this end, I work to create the safest, most
non-judgmental space in which people can share openly. This allows the
client to gain greater trust and confidence in the therapy process and in
their own ability to change.
Therapy typically progresses as follows. Coping skills such as breathing and
guided imagery techniques are taught and practiced to help alleviate the
most urgent of the presenting problems. This reduction in stress and anxiety
is necessary for later work. Simply having the opportunity to share
emotional burdens in a safe and confidential setting also helps individuals
to feel more relaxed and more able to access their own resources for
beneficial change. Once the person is ready, we then work on underlying
causes of the problem, issues like trauma and wounded primary relationships,
with the help of techniques like EMDR and/ or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. As
therapy progresses further, individuals may also work on long-term goals
that improve their overall quality of life, happiness and resilience to
daily stressors. They learn new habits, explore new meaning and purpose for
their lives and improve the quality of their relationships and social
support, among other goals.
Part of therapy simply can not be explained by any theory. It is an art, the
process often a mystery. I honor this and the inner wisdom of each
individual to heal and attain wellness. I see my job as a helper in
liberating this healing power from within you.