All therapists share a common goal in reducing our patients’ emotional suffering and helping our patients to live happier and more fulfilling lives. However, the way in which each therapist helps their patients in achieving this goal often varies. This variation in therapeutic approach occurs in two ways. First is how we as therapists understand how our patients’ emotional suffering and pain came to be. Second is what the therapist does during therapy to help our patients overcome their difficulties and feel better. Finding a therapeutic approach that works for you is essential in helping you to benefit from your time in therapy. I provide my own approach to therapy below. I encourage you to read this page to determine whether my therapeutic approach can benefit you and help you to get the most out of our your time in therapy. If you have any questions or need clarification about my therapeutic approach, please do not hesitate to contact me.
How I understand your presenting concerns
To fully help my patients work through the concerns that brought them therapy, I find it necessary to learn as much as I can about my patients’ current functioning and past history. One helpful way of thinking about this is the image of an impassable wall that blocks us from moving forward. In viewing this wall as a representation of your presenting concerns, we can begin to understand, non-judgmentally, how this wall came to exist, what this wall is preventing you from achieving, and the protective function it is serving in your present life. This development of insight and self-understanding that occurs over time will not only help you to move beyond this symbolic wall but also provide you with the freedom to choose your best path in life.
How I help you throughout the therapeutic process
At the core of my work is a focus on the therapeutic relationship. Nothing can be achieved in our work together without a relationship built on trust, safety, and respect. In helping to develop these factors, I provide an unstructured, open approach that allows you to talk about what is most important or pressing at the time. Together, through a supporting environment, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, reactions, and past history to develop both personal insight and self-compassion.