Philosophy

Psychotherapy is intended to reduce suffering and to improve one’s wellbeing. People have a natural desire to be connected with others and to feel skillful. However, people often feel stuck and this can lead to conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic anger.  Ironically, avoiding these states interferes with their resolution. Therapy helps to explore these in a setting that is non-judgmental, supportive, and open. Learning to experience, rather than to avoid, emotions and situations, build confidence and facilitate growth.

I have trained in or studied a variety of theoretical schools, including humanistic-existential, positive psychologyfamily systems, mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy, psychodynamic and cognitive.

I assume that…

  • Growth is our natural state.
  • Self-compassion fosters empathy.
  • The integration of mind, body, and emotions is important.
  • Practically speaking, growth is about progress not perfection.
  • Temperance is healthier than fear of non-conformity.
  • Therapy is a dynamic experience and is co-created.
  • The therapy relationship is the most important factor in successful therapy.
  • People tend to recreate the conditions of past relationships.
  • Therapy involves learning, uncovering, understanding, exploring, and change.