Counseling and Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples
My work draws from a varied theoretical background, thus the term "integrated psychotherapy" to describe my practice.
At the start of therapy there is a period of time where you express your thoughts and feelings and perhaps what you hope to gain from therapy. My style is interactive and we will begin to really work together during that first visit. In order to facilitate your growth and healing I will draw from a range of approaches that will depend upon your needs at that time. Several examples of these are the psychodynamic/insight oriented focus, problem solving, behavioral approach, stress management and body/mind connection.
The term "body/mind connection" has been around for a long time. Many people may wonder what does this really mean? During therapy it may become apparent that the physical body is being impacted by an emotional state. A simple example would be feeling tension in your shoulders or neck whenever you are in a certain situation. You might notice this tension before you realize that the situation is challenging for you. In this way, your body has a role in helping to point out feelings and emotions that need attention.
In light of the evidence that shows that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important factors impacting the effectiveness of therapy, the first goal is to establish a safe, supportive atmosphere in which you feel comfortable. I offer a non-judgmental, respectful environment for clients to explore concerns and express their thoughts and feelings.