"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."
While my approach is rooted in psychodynamic and person-centered theories, I am not protocol driven. I recognize that each person is unique and therefore requires a tailored approach that suits their individual needs. As such, I blend elements from various therapeutic methods to provide a more holistic approach to healing.
However, two aspects of my approach remains constant:
My unwavering focus on the therapeutic alliance. I strongly believe that the therapeutic alliance is the foundation of successful therapy, serving as the cornerstone for fostering change, growth and healing.
My belief that problems should be addressed with compassion, understanding and awareness in order the help achieve relief and freedom from patterns that have often become more painful than the underlying emotions.
The lotus flower, which is featured throughout my website, is a favorite analogy of mine that encapsulates how I view therapy and what informs my practice:
The lotus flower begins its growth rooted in the mud, away from any light. Yet, it emerges from the mud to bloom into a beautiful flower. In Zen Buddhism, each stage of the flower's growth is viewed as a significant new stage on the path towards reaching full enlightenement - or, as I like to see it, reaching our true inner self.
Therapy isn't easy. It often involves working together through difficult and painful emotions and past experiences. Like the lotus flower, we have to push through the dark, murky waters of our past experiences before we can beautifully blossom into our true self, ready to take up space in the wolrd in a way that might have felt difficult - sometimes even impossible - to reach.