I understand that the human condition is complex and rich with meaning at all levels; therefore, my goal is to understand each client as a "whole person," not limiting our work to merely symptom reduction, but also enhancing self-knowledge and overall wellness to achieve a more balanced and satisfying state of being. My approach is best described as psychodynamic, incorporating psychoanalytic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Is going to therapy a sign of weakness?
Absolutely not! People seek psychotherapy for all different reasons--some need help to overcome a diagnosable mental illness, and others might be looking for the support and guidance of a psychologist to get through a difficult or confusing life circumstance. Whatever your personal reasons are, having the self-awareness to recognize that you could use help is something to be admired, not criticized. It is this self-awareness that will set you up for success in the long-run. Congratulations on making it this far!
How does talking help?
A common misconception about psychotherapy is that it is "just talking" or equivalent to confiding in friends or family. The truth is, the process of therapy is structured as a conversation between two people; however, it is far more than "just talking" or even "venting." Psychotherapy is a serious undertaking, and those who are motivated and committed to doing the work realize the most benefit. My goal as your psychologist is to foster a safe and trusting environment within which you are free to speak your mind openly and honestly. Through the course of our ongoing sessions, we will use this format to consider, explore, and work-through not only your symptoms but the themes underlying your struggles, and other personal or relational patterns contributing to your difficulties.
I'm a little nervous to begin therapy. How do I know if it's really for me?
Feeling nervous is completely normal. The fact that you've begun your search for a psychologist means something is on your mind that feels important. Maybe it's clear to you what the problem is, or perhaps you're carrying around a vague sense that things don't feel quite right and could be better. Either way, psychotherapy offers a safe and collaborative environment where you are free to discuss, explore, and work on your feelings about anything at all. No concern is too small--if it's distracting you, causing you pain, or getting in the way of living a fully satisfying life, it deserves to be heard and resolved.
Please contact me for a free phone consultation with any further questions or to discuss how I may be able to help.