I draw primarily from psychodynamic and psychoanalytic forms of therapy, but have also been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), expressive therapies (such as art, dance, and music), and 12 Step traditions. I tailor my approach to fit the needs of the patient. Ultimately, I view therapy as a process of understanding, healing, and growth in the tradition of the Serenity Prayer:
In life, we often become overloaded and burnt out by a large number of stressors – home life, relationships, work, inner fulfillment. These stressors may give rise to a plethora of problems, which may or may not have medically-bestowed names.
Although it would be great to have solutions to everything, oftentimes we are not in direct control of what is stressing us out. Quite frequently, we feel anxious and stressed because what we want does not line up with what society expects us to do, causing significant dissonance in our self-identity. Other times, these stressors may be necessary aspects of life (for example, if you need money to pay the bills, work is an inevitable stressor). And sometimes, these stressors may be hidden deep within our memory and sense of being, as in the case of unresolved trauma or abuse.
We do, however, have control over how we react to these stressors, emotionally and physically. Therapy helps us take back these reins of control by:
Identifying the stressors, both at surface level (“symptoms”) and their underlying causes
Distinguishing between things we can and cannot change
Exploring, learning, and working towards accepting or changing these stressors
These steps may include a variety of treatment styles and modalities – residential programs, mindfulness exercises, movement-based therapy, group therapy, inpatient hospitalization, etc. – or some combination thereof. I do not believe in a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits all approach; we will collaborate to develop a system that works for you.
No matter the treatment, however, the goal is the same. I want you to be able to confidently move through the hurricane of life, feeling strong and secure in your ability to weather any storm. I want you to find fulfillment, using a definition that you create.