My approach to therapy

I practice psychodynamic therapy, an approach that uses the client-therapist relationship to explore emotional patterns.

Central to this approach is the idea that each person brings to our relationship – to every relationship – a unique personality, history, and social contexts. So there is no one-size-fits-all “treatment” in psychodynamic therapy.

Instead, we build a relationship and look at how your unique traits come into play in that relationship. The relationship itself becomes a kind of laboratory for self-examination and personal growth. The insights you gain help you find meaning in your experiences and can transform the way you feel, think, and behave. People are constantly evolving and changing, at every stage of life. Psychotherapy is one method of influencing these changes in a positive direction.

Starting therapy: what to expect

At your first session we’ll talk about what brought you here and move forward from there. At the end of the 50-minute session I can usually make an assessment and recommendation, and together we’ll determine how to continue.

When I work with couples, I usually see the couple first together and then each for an individual session. Then I present my assessment and recommendations for your consideration.

Many people feel relieved after their first session, when they see that their concerns can be addressed. Others may take longer to feel comfortable and trusting in the relationship.s anxious or depressed, more comfortable with yourself and others. You can face problems you’ve been avoiding and learn to cope better not only with a crisis but with the challenges of everyday life.