A common reason people come to therapy is that they feel “stuck.” Generally it’s because our usual coping mechanisms don’t seem to be working for our current struggle. It could be you’re facing a specific problem or transition you’ve never faced before or it could be more general feelings of sadness, irritation, anger, worry or disastifaction with yourself, your loved ones, your job or your whole life. Thinking about something endlessly, going over and over it in our minds, often leads to dead ends because we’re limited by our own thoughts, behaviors and learned coping mechanisms. Insight often requires the ability to look at your problems in a new light. Talking to someone who’s there to support, encourage and gently challenge you can be incredibly helpful.
Everyone has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, challenges and triumphs, goals and obstacles. With this in mind, therapy can look different for different people. My theoretical orientation is eclectic, drawing insight and interventions from a variety of theories. I enjoy collaborating with my clients and finding the methods that work for each of them. Sometimes a clear, specific goal can be identified and achieved in a handful of sessions using tools from brief therapy models such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). At other times, a lifetime of thinking and behaving in particular ways has created patterns that require longer-term work to dissect, understand and improve. My goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which to explore and make progress on each clients’ unique individual goals.
It will feel like sitting down with someone you’ve never met and getting to know each other a bit. There’s a bit of formal paperwork to review and sign prior to treatment and it’s best to get it over with at the beginning so that we can spend the rest of our time focusing on more important matters, like what brought you to therapy. I’ll ask you some questions in an attempt to begin to understand how I can best help you. And you’ll have the opportunity to ask me questions, too. Sessions last 50 minutes unless otherwise arranged in advance. If you’d like to minimize the time we spend reviewing paperwork, I can email you paperwork to sign and bring with you to our first session.