I utilize a goal-oriented, relational and creative approach. My practice is guided by intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, psychodynamics and a lifetime in the creative arts.
The therapy process to me is about imagination more than memory, practice and "doing" more than certainty or knowing, and "trying" rather than getting things right, so you can build confidence in the areas that matter to you most as you walk through life. I will use insight (yours, primarily, supported by mine) to help you shape practice work and exercises to try in your daily life between sessions. It is important to me that we are always checking in on your progress and goals, so as to not lose sight of why you see me, where therapy can lapse into a weekly "report" of your activities that does not necessarily lend to your personal growth and emotional relief and support.
Lastly, I think of environment (your home or apartment, your workplace or school, the physical environment) as important and informative to our work together. How you relate to the places where you spend the most time can have a great effect on your mood and well-being, as well as your perspective on life. I consider mindfulness or mind awareness exercises as essential to emotional self-regulation and personal growth, and we will use them both in and between sessions as a groundwork for developing your coping skills.
I consider myself your coach and ally through the therapy process, and I look forward to joining you on this leg of your journey.