The foundation of my practice is psychotherapy. You may also hear this called counseling or simply 'therapy'.
There are many specific types of psychotherapy, each with its own assumptions and approach. The common thread through all the forms is the development of a relationship where you, the client, are the central focus. Trust, honesty, and acceptance are promoted so that you may relax into deeper and deeper states of self-understanding.
In my practice of psychotherapy, there is a blending of styles. In the safety of the therapy relationship, we come to understand how experiences and beliefs from the past are impacting your capacity to meet the present with a clear sense of reality, self-awareness, and personal responsibility. We set forth with a good dose of self-compassion to break free of these old ideas, patterns, and wounds, in order to shift toward ways of being which better serve the truth of your Self. Along the way, I provide reflections, challenges, skills, resources, and coaching through the passages.
Depending on your situation, we may explore a variety of avenues including:
- Traditional psychotherapy including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and depth approaches
- Creative expression
- Somatic and energy based practices
- Mindfulness, contemplative, or spiritual practices, including the Enneagram
- Health and wellness practices
While psychotherapy traditionally treats issues of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder, engaging in therapy does not mean that you are mentally ill. A psychotherapeutic relationship may also benefit life issues such as:
- Grief and loss - the loss of a loved one, facing unexpected or unwelcome realities, the natural shifting of roles and relationships over time
- Life transitions - issues such as moving into adult life, the mid-life transition, retirement, aging, career issues and the like
- Spiritual development issues and questions
- Needs of caregivers in all forms - mental health and other health professionals, teachers, those in ministry, those caring for family members, or anyone in a helping role.