I offer 45-minute sessions for individuals, couples, and families. The rate is $100/session.
My approach to therapy is based on four key pillars.
Healing occurs best in a safe environment. This means that anything you share is confidential. It also means that your therapy sessions will be free from judgment or criticism. My hope is that you will feel accepted for who you are now, even while trying to change into who you want to become.
Dr. Irving Yalom, an influential existential psychologist, said, "the relationship heals." Part of my focus as a therapist is to join with you on your journey so that you can experience a healing, connected relationship. A strong therapeutic alliance is paramount to creating change. I've got your back. I'm in your corner.
I am an expert on emotion, relationships, healing, etc. But you are the expert on you. Therapy is not simply me distributing knowledge, it's about working together to discover what your next step in healing will be. Your input, feedback, initiative, and direction is essential for a successful therapy experience.
Research has shown that therapy is most effective when an individual accesses their emotions during the therapy hour, rather than simply talking about them. This is referred to simply as "focusing" by therapists. While you don't need to expect to tap into deep emotions every single session, my goal will be to make the feelings come alive in the room, when possible.
I implement various therapy models to customize treatment to your needs. Here some of the models I use most frequently.
Based on the pioneering work of Carl Rogers, Rogerian therapy is a humanistic approach that places faith in the ability of people to heal and grow with the proper support. This model involves three core conditions, provided by the therapist:
Genuineness - I need to be real in therapy sessions, congruent with who I really am. This gives you permission to do the same.
Warmth - When you are treated with compassion, you can make changes. This is what Rogers referred to as unconditional positive regard.
Empathy - Although I may not have had your same experiences I have experienced the full range of human emotion and can seek to understand and relate to your experience.
EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)
Evidence suggests that EFT is the most effective form of couples therapy ever developed. This model, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, assesses the negative cycles that develop in marriages and other relationships. We then explore the underlying emotions and needs that are driving our negative behaviors. This in turn allows us to restructure interactions into a positive cycle that brings respect, dependability, and intimacy into the relationship.
COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
CBT is the most commonly used form of therapy today. The idea is that many of our problems are derived from the thoughts that we think. So if we can change the way we think about things, we can change how we act and feel. This is about making practical adjustments and implementing tools to make changes.
INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS)
The idea behind IFS is that each individual is composed of our core-self as well as various additional parts. For example, when a spouse discovers a partner's pornography use, often a part of them is devastated and a part of them is relieved to finally find out why the marriage has been so disconnected. Ideally these parts support us but the parts can become stuck in conflict within us and can start to take over, making our core-self ineffective. The goal is to work respectfully with each part and restore self-leadership so that the core-self can reestablish peace and harmony.