Individuals seeking a psychotherapist are often fearful that they are broken, damaged, or defective; a sense of feeling alone, bruised, and isolated is not uncommon. Those who come to me often carry a burden of guilt or sadness over prior or current life issues. I work with each client in a collaborative, compassionate approach that brings the individual into a new space of comfort and security. The cornerstones of my practice are respect, integrity, and compassion. Each client who comes to me is evaluated and treated as a unique, extraordinary individual. At the first appointment, the client and I review questions and concerns, and we formulate a treatment plan that addresses specific target areas. From this point forward, the client and I work together to move away from old thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have been damaging and constricting. This is no easy task, yet my clients come to enjoy the challenging, yet highly supportive interplay, that often allows rapid movement into a more satisfying and fulfilled lifestyle.
My collaborative approach is respectful of each individual's personal challenges. As therapy progresses, I am continuously responsive to the client's often changing needs. I build rapport and trust with each client-a truly valuable therapeutic relationship. My clients quickly realize that I am nonjudgmental, and they sense my absolute respect for their individuality. What comes forth in each therapy session-in a safe and confidential environment- allows the individual to feel heard, understood, and seen without the unkind eyes of judgment. In what often proves to be the first openly secure and supportive environment ever experienced by the client, I become both guide and witness to the individual's journey of exploration and self-understanding.