My approach to therapy is to get a picture of your problems or concerns, and in collaboration with you facilitate curiosity about pivotal life events; and explore the possible causes of key themes staring back at you and I. This entails building an alliance that invites you into healthy self-confrontation which allows you to see “what currently is” regardless of how troubling it may appear. 

I will use methods that:

  • Target and interrupt routine thought patterns. 
  • Help you notice the deeper truths your emotions are communicating. 
  • Examine behaviors (both yours and others) and how you make meaning from these experiences.
  • Support you in growing your sense of self.
  • Work with you to determine what is possible for you to create the change you want to see. 

My approach promotes a more accurate picture of your experiences and reorganizes the mind/body/spirit connection so that you learn to do resiliency differently. I aim to see you become the best version of yourself. Someone healed and thriving in life, rather than living life in survival mode.

Therapy Methods

I primarily use the Crucible Approach, developed by the late Dr. David Schnarch. Crucible Therapy emphasizes personal growth and maturity through the concept of differentiation of self.  Differentiation means being able to maintain the shape of who you are (your authentic sense of self) and what you are about in the face of anxiety and pressure, put upon you by those with whom you have close personal relationships. Through the process of self-differentiation, clients grow in their capacity towards becoming mature adults; particularly during conflict while staying connected to others.

I also use a Natural Processing somatic (EMDR) approach to therapy which focuses on the client’s present moment experience. During the session, in real-time, Clients connect to their body’s spontaneous physiological activations caused by their autonomic nervous system, while processing their thoughts and emotions regarding a specific experience. This is a “body first,” “process” oriented, therapy approach. Process refers to working through and incorporating what emerges naturally from you, as you tolerate sustained awareness in dealing with complicated, painful, or traumatic experiences. The approach is used in individual therapy with clients who prefer to use their body as the “talker” during the therapy process. This approach can be used with clients processing experiences associated with severe anxiety, grief, trauma, and PTSD.