"Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us."
- David Richo
I believe both that what happens in therapy should be supported by science so we know it works and also that so much of what we often need is a compassionate witness and someone we trust to hold space for our being and our experience. I'm a trained therapist, but you are the expert in your experience. I can help you figure out where you want to get to in life if you don't know and help you get there once you do.
I believe so many of the reasons we do what we do and we experience the world as we do come from early programming and experiences, and so often the key to freedom and change lies in confronting and understanding our past. So unless you come to me with a pretty specific, simple problem like a phobia or insomnia,, we'll probably touch on your early years at least a little. At the same time, I'm not big on labels. Labels are only useful for three things: to bill insurance companies, help us understand ourselves, and to point to treatments that work. Other than that, I like to say it's not what's wrong with you but what happened to you that matters.
I specialize in using:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: the most effective type of talk therapy for many things including depression and anxiety
CBT for Insomnia, the treatment for insomnia recommended by the American College of Physicians
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: a modality to reprocess traumatic memories and take the heavy distressing emotions out of them
Motivational Interviewing: helping you find motivation to achieve goals