I believe that as unique individuals we should all be appreciated and understood from several angles – social, biological, psychological, cultural, and sometimes spiritual – to get the best sense of who we are as complete people. This requires a focus not just on our problems and challenges but also on our strengths and resources. These aspects of our identities color the way we give meaning to our past, our future, our relationships, and our struggles. Psychotherapy should be a process that recognizes these factors while creating a safe, caring, and creative atmosphere to provide treatment based on sound theory and research.
I consider myself to have an integrative orientation, meaning that I draw on several theories and techniques. Among them are cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, narrative frameworks, and systems approaches. I don't believe in "cookie cutter" treatment; everyone is an individual and deserves to have our work catered toward their needs. I see the therapeutic relationship as being at its best when it is collaborative, non-judgmental, and unrushed. Above all, it is important that our work together be honest and trusting in order for substantive progress to be made, and I value creating that type of environment.
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