Individual Counseling

            I offer a gentle and empathic style of therapy that creates a safe environment for openly expressing feelings and insights.  I also can be strong, directive, or interpretive at times, given the needs and unique circumstances of each client.  My training is eclectic.  Among other modalities, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and Gestalt and existential practices significantly inform my work.

            Fundamentally, however, I believe that my openheartedness and curiosity, and my state of being present with the capacity to guide and teach, are the qualities essential to achieving a successful collaboration with healing and growth as its goal.  I promise you:  I give it my all.  A collaboration such as this requires significant trust, particularly when opening up about what we know we need, or want, to change about ourselves, especially if we’re not sure where to start.  These areas of vulnerability so often remain private, leaving missed opportunities for true healing.

            We will discover ways to access your best or wisest self as a guide in responding to the many challenges you face.  I encourage clients to explore and open into areas of their inner world—inviting in the pain, or anything else in life, that could benefit from compassionate attention.

            Far from “pathologizing” issues, our focus will be more on isolating internal thoughts and feelings, personal histories, family patterns or stories, and traumas and their affect on your current lifestyle and way of being.  All the while, we will be honoring as sacred you, as a whole person with many gifts.  With insight synthesized from our therapeutic dialogue, I will support you in discovering your best path forward.  I will help you train “to be in the moment” as life is happening.  I will tune in to and support your unique experience and way of being (beneath whatever ways you may be mislabeling yourself), and focus on supporting your awareness, your understanding, and your healing.  I work well with early wounds and feelings of anxiety, emptiness, unworthiness, shame, grief, and of course anger—in its many forms.  If called for, our conversations may be more existential, dealing with death and impermanence, for instance, or spirituality and consciousness.

            I encourage feedback about our work together:  what resonates and (most certainly) what does not.  I want our contact to move continually toward deeper trust, more expression of your truth, and eventual transformation. Regardless of specific individual goals, I invite you to

Seek centeredness, engage qualities that feel natural to you, and continually envision your most compassionate path.