Psychotherapy can be helpful in redefining how you relate to others and yourself, and in identifying and nurturing your needs.
GRIEF, LOSS, and LIFE TRANSITIONS
MEN’S ISSUES (ED, PE)
RACE and ETHNICITY
SUBSTANCE and ALCOHOL ABUSE
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
EXPOSURE AND RESPONSE PREVENTION
I specialize in helping people through loss, traumatic events, and life transitions. You may be stuck, feel out of control, or simply want a different life. I can introduce research-supported strategies for coping with difficult emotions, stress, or physical pain when a practical solution is appropriate.
My style is earnest, flexible, and collaborative. Whether it's teaching you a practical coping strategy, helping you to connect to your feelings and thoughts, or making sense of something that seems confusing, my aim is to work alongside you, curiously exploring and offering new perspectives to your concerns. An ideal patient would also value an emotion-based and interpersonal approach to treatment; few factors consistently predict effective treatment outcomes like the strong bond between your therapist and you. (Review of this research)
Over the last 15 years, I’ve grown to appreciate the depth to which a person’s “health,” “recovery,” and “treatment” is multi-faceted, complex, and person-specific. Most treatment approaches have a similar aim — to live well, have positive relations, and effectively cope with difficult emotions and thoughts. Certain treatment approaches also reduce clients to the constellation of their symptoms (note: not my style), which can be noted in the linguistics (“I treat anxiety.”). What distinguishes the success of one person’s treatment from another’s unresolved efforts is, in part, the therapist’s understanding of the problem and having the breadth of skills to offer a flexible and personalized treatment.
On that note, my treatment approach is integrative, person-centered, and evidence-based. It is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). My postgraduate training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g., Exposure Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention) for panic, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder and Compassion Focused Therapy. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and offer this as an adjunctive treatment for traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder. I have also completed years of doctoral level training, supervision, and coursework in psychodynamic psychotherapy (under Nancy McWilliams, PhD), a framework that allows me to more deeply appreciate the depths of my client’s pain and relationship patterns.