It is my belief that therapy should be a collaboration with you, the client. As a therapist, I aspire to provide compassion, understanding, and guidance for you, while at the same time allowing you to take ownership of your work in therapy through active engagement in the therapeutic process.
My theoretical perspective of therapy is integrative, utilizing an understanding of the person from the following aspects of psychological thought:
- Mindfulness (mindful awareness and acceptance)
- Cognitive Therapy (relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors)
- Interpersonal Therapy (impact of interpersonal relationships on sense of self and identity)
By bringing compassionate awareness to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, I believe that we all have the potential to deepen our awareness and understanding of how we connect with others and how we feel about ourselves. Such awareness and personal insight has the potential to restore the many ways we become broken, hurt, and lost as individuals, in relationships, as families, and in communities. In this way, therapy can bring strength, growth, and the development of useful insight and skills to relieve anxiety, depression, relationship stress, and other psychologically related concerns that may result from our brokenness and emotional pain.
Engaging in the process of therapy requires a kind of vulnerability, courage, and personal risk that can feel overwhelming at the outset. And yet, the risk of not investing in your personal growth and healing may be even greater in the long run.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.