What Happens in Psychotherapy

I respect that everyone who comes into therapy brings their own life experiences and begins for different reasons.  Some come to address very specific issues, such as to work on a relationship issue, or deal with a crisis. Others come with less specific intentions—life isn’t going the way that they want or because they feel something is missing.  Depending on each person’s needs and wishes, therapeutic work can be short-term, long-term, or somewhere in-between.

I have extensive experience treating individuals, couples and families who are marginalized in our culture.  This includes those who experience themselves as “set apart” or “outsiders” from the mainstream of acceptance.  I understand that life contexts (such as sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural affiliations, or health related abilities) influence how we may limit our choices and view our possibilities. 

My approach is engaged, creative and participatory, balanced with a nurturing, attentive listening and inquiry. In the process of therapy, I identify each person’s unique inner resources and strengths. To understand what works well in one’s life is as important as discerning what interferes. 

I reflect my observations in a way that I do not consider as “the final word”.  I offer ideas as points of consideration. I listen and guide you in a process that is intended to clarify, in order for you to know yourself from fresh perspectives and a deeper-felt sense of self-reliance.