Beyond "the shrink"

When most people think of therapy, they imagine just going and talking so that the therapist can tell them what's wrong with them and maybe give some direction on how to fix themselves. My approach is a little different. I am more interested in helping your life be better for you than I am in coming up with your diagnosis. I work collaboratively and constructively to support you in your goals. So, when I meet with someone, I make a few assumptions:
  • You are the expert on your life. You know what you need and what works best for you. So, I am very focused on understanding your goals, hopes and dreams - what is it that you would like to have more of in your life? How you would prefer to be in and experience your life? What are your values, strengths,  and resources?
  • You are coming to therapy because you are struggling with a dilemma of some kind. I work to understand the "problem"-- what needs to change for you to feel happier, to reach your goals, or to overcome difficulties and bad experiences in your past.
  • My job is to understand how to be helpful to you. I do not focus on what's "normal" or what might work for others but what will work for you.

Areas of Specialty

Over the years, I have been honored to work with people from many backgrounds facing all kinds of concerns and opportunities. I regularly help people affected by depression or anxiety, those seeking career change, and those who just find it helpful to set aside time to think and talk about life. Additionally, I have specific expertise in some more unusual dilemmas:

Relationships and Family Diversity Trauma
  • Couples improving their relationship
  • Couples who trying to split up 'well'
  • Infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Pre- and post-partum anxiety/depression
  • Parents of children with disabilities
  • MK/TCK concerns
  • Expatriats/humanitarian workers
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Family support of LGBTQ folks
  • Spirituality and mindfulness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Complex PTSD
  • Childhood abuse
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Torture and trafficking
  • Male survivors

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