I believe that the relationship between the patient and therapist is sacred. Many people come to therapy having been betrayed by important people in their lives, and having a trustworthy and consistent therapist can help patients repair these wounds. I consider it my life’s work to help patients work through their past hurts so that they can live healthier and happier lives.
“Sometimes we have to go backward in order to go forward.”
My sentiments are also backed by research, as the therapeutic alliance is the single most important factor for therapeutic success. I am committed to building this foundation with all of my patients, for without it, we can only go so far.
Upon building a solid relationship with my patients, I work from an eclectic practice model, meaning that I draw from the principles of several practice theories. My overarching orientation is Humanistic Theory, which embodies the notion that human beings have their own answers within, and that with the proper guidance from a therapist, the patient can unlock those answers. Humanistic Theory also challenges the therapist to hold an “unconditional positive regard” for all patients, so I pride myself on upholding this irrespective of patient outcomes. I draw from Psychodynamic Theory, examining patients’ formative concepts of relationships and how they relate to the world from these viewpoints. I work with people to change their negative core beliefs, which is a staple concept of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. As a practitioner, I value self-care, and so I am committed to modeling self-care to my patients and regularly check in about their self-care practices/routines. Lastly, I enjoy helping patients explore their spirituality in a non-judgmental and non-coercive manner. Pain and suffering are inherent in the human experience, and it is important to me that I offer patients the opportunity to delve into different perspectives and practices that give their lives meaning.
I have experience working with multiple populations, including people suffering from chronic illness, people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with kidney failure, the LGBTQ population, people of color, people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety, and bipolar disorder. As a generalist practitioner, I welcome adults and adolescents with multiple challenges, and thus adapt my approach to the patient’s presenting issue(s).
I love helping people heal and experience breakthroughs. Give yourself the gift of therapy. Invest in yourself!