Let’s face it. Life rarely feels good if we are not living authentically. Nothing feels better than being truly who we are: standing behind our choices, being honest with ourselves, and taking care of ourselves fairly and generously. When we act from strength, we can grow, build satisfying relationships, and change our lives for the better. In my experience, these are the lasting benefits of therapy, and it starts from learning to live authenically.
Most people really want to live authentically, but few are taught how to live that way. In fact, our parents sometimes modeled ways that did not work for us at all, but we learned to adapt. If time passes and our life goals aren’t on track, we tend to blame ourselves and feel inadequate, not recognizing that the very thing that allowed us to adapt in the first place is indicative of our inherent resourcefulness, creativity, and intelligence.
It’s true that no two people are the same.
“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” — Barbara Hall
Consequently, psychotherapy should be geared to meet your individual needs and comfort level. I bring a multi-faceted background to my therapeutic practice, drawing upon cognitive-behavioral, post-modern (narrative), psychodynamic, solution-focused, attachment, and humanistic elements in my work, depending upon my client’s personality, the issues discussed, and, most importantly, what has been helpful or not helpful in my client’s past. My focus is always on providing you a safe and respectful environment in which you can grow.
At times, I can also draw upon my coaching background, bringing a practical approach to the session, assisting my clients in setting goals and in mapping out strategies to achieve them. Sometimes these goals involve advancing one’s life to a new level or simply solving “problems” the client is experiencing. My breadth of deep spiritual exploration and training balances my work, helping my clients to make strong choices by accessing their own inner strengths, often leading to a deeper sense of contentment in their lives.
Inside all of us, there is a part that knows exactly who we are and what is right for us. My approach to therapy hinges on finding, nurturing, and empowering this knowledge. Together we recover what you truly want for your life and tap into your ability to get there.