Finding A Path Towards Healing
The Therapeutic Relationship
The most important element to healing and change through counseling lies in the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Most of our wounds have occurred in relationship. To heal from these wounds requires a different experience—that of someone really with you, listening without judgment, but with empathy and authenticity. My approach is highly collaborative and empowering, combining warmth, safety, seriousness and, at times, a sense of humor. I acknowledge people's strengths and resiliency as well as the wounded, vulnerable self.
A Map and the Means To Get There
Having said that, it is also critical that a therapist has expertise and skills to help clients get to where they want to go. I am both active and flexible in offering directions to explore and a variety of tools and techniques to choose from. Each client's therapy is tailored to his or her particular needs and what techniques feel comfortable and useful for them. My orientation is psychodynamic, but also includes training in EMDR, DNMS, trauma therapy, attachment therapy and several ego state therapies. For more information on these therapies, please visit the About Trauma page, which includes links to websites.
- Trauma—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Adults Abused As Children
- Sexual Abuse, Coercion and Exploitation
- Attachment Wounds (Hurtful relationships with parents or caregivers)
- Highly Sensitive People
- Depression/Low Self-Esteem
- Difficulties In Relationships