I see the therapeutic journey as a process rather than a destination. As such, every experience--whether "good" or "bad" is useful if we choose to see it that way. With this as our pole star, life can again become exciting, can overflow with vitality and spontaneity, and can begin to breath and to become creative. It should aid in the lifting of depression so that one one can rejoin the flow of one's life. It should begin to infuse the smallest moments with meaning while equipping and empowering one with practical tools to carry on this work beyond the therapeutic hour.
I like honoring what is rather than working an agenda. However I do help to shape and guide sessions by employing fitting interventions from the spectrum of available evidenced based models. In earlier sessions I favor a psychodynamic approach but I also realize that while it is okay to look at the past, it is not always good to stare. I lean heavily on mindfulness meditation and DBT skills especially when it comes to mitigating the effects of trauma. To open the creative side, I appreciate dream work and active imagination in the style of Robert Johnson and Carl G. Jung.
Working with couples I favor Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) by Sue Johnson as it is time limited and produces incredible results.
I am more transparent than many because I have seen that modeling congruency--letting the client see the work in action, is highly effective as an intervention.
I have an MA in Relational and Pastoral Therapy. I am currently working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and can counsel individuals, couples and groups.
Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions.
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