“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Our perception defines our reality. This reality is constructed from an early age and develops uniquely as a result of life experience. Often it is the case that your flow of experience is disrupted by a traumatic event, a challenging situation, or a myriad of complicated circumstances. I view symptoms as your adaptation to difficult experience. These once-useful adaptations may become rigid over time and are now creating problematic and outdated ways of coping. In other words, I believe that we develop survival strategies to get through difficult situations when we are young and/or traumatized, but now as adults, these strategies become fixed habits that block our ability to be more open and available to the life we envision.
I believe that lasting change happens through integrating emotional, intellectual, and physical experiences. This holistic approach serves as the ground for coming to deeply experience and understand how your reality was constructed and how best to move toward your imagined life experience. It's not what happens to you that matters most, it's how you make sense of what happens to you. If you don't make sense of it, you're likely to repeat it or get stuck in a rigid, perhaps chaotic, way of experiencing life. This lasting change can happen through the quality of safety and trust within the relationship between therapist and client, and is a foundational element that I tend to again and again.
I have a transpersonal orientation, meaning that I hold a wider view of who you are that includes and goes beyond your personhood. I use expressive art therapy and have a client-centered approach. I will often check in with you about your experience and ask you to search for what it is you are needing. I am greatly influenced by the philosophy and practice of modern Zen in so far as I believe that we all yearn, to some degree, to have a more intimate relationship with the nature and meaning of our existence.
There are as many styles of therapy as there are therapists. I tend to be more transparent, gentle, warm, engaged, and self-disclosing in my approach because I’ve seen it work. It is important to meet your therapist before deciding to work with them. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation so that we can meet and you can get questions answered or tell me a bit about yourself. Even if you’re on the fence, I’d encourage you to book a free consultation. Seeing a therapist might be different than what you had imagined.