We're in this together.
Therapy is a co-creative process between therapist and client, in which both work together to identify and remove obstacles to emotional intimacy. In fact, the greatest indicator for positive change in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. This means it’s very important for you to feel comfortable with me and to assess if I’m the right “fit” for your needs.
In the early phase of therapy, we will identify goals you want to pursue, which ensures our ability to assess progress and to make changes in how we’re approaching your goals accordingly. Our work together will include dialogue about your life experiences apart from therapy as well as experiences you have in the present moment when you’re in session with me.
The work is both practical in that you will receive concrete tools to address particular problems, and it is also deep, reshaping the way you relate to yourself and others. Lastly, if your faith/spirituality is an important dynamic in your life, our work together will fully integrate those beliefs in your healing journey.
The theoretical approaches I use in session are psychodynamic, experiential, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioral therapy. I’ve provided a brief description of each below. For Christian clients, these approaches are rooted in the framework of the gospel.
Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on the ways in which unconscious processes manifest themselves in a person’s present behavior. One of its goals is to help you develop insight into how your past affects your present life.
Experiential Therapy facilitates opportunities for you to engage wholly in your present-moment experience, without suppressing feelings or desires. It is through this “live” emotional encounter that you may begin to really know and trust yourself.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy explores how past and present relational injuries impact your sense of feeling emotionally safe or unsafe in relationships. The approach helps you regulate your emotions through healthy attachment to yourself and others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral therapy teaches you skills to interrupt unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. It aims to replace negative thinking with compassionate truth.