My Perspective on Therapy
At one point in time in your life, you received the message that it wasn’t ok to be yourself. This could have been done directly, indirectly, or a combination of the two. We all have had these moments—moments of doubt, shame, inadequacy—which are felt as traumatic and painful. What leads to suffering and ongoing instability is when these experiences become so wounding that we must disconnect from these unwanted parts in ourselves in order to survive.
That is why safety and acceptance are such critical components that I strive to provide in therapy sessions, because I understand how challenging it can be to be vulnerable; to express oneself authentically and be truly seen by others when we have been conditioned to think and behave otherwise. Therapy thus becomes a joint commitment in recovering those lost elements, where trust and security are developed over time. The goal of therapy is not to simply be different, because that implies a reactive stance on life that is ultimately self-defeating. The goal of therapy is to dare to be you, and live it whole-heartedly.
What I Bring Into the Session
I recognize and value the uniqueness that is each individual. Your particular history, personality, and way of viewing the world makes you the expert on your life. I am here to help you help yourself, and will adapt my assistance to your needs. The framework for this collaborative approach is integrative, including experiential, relational, client-centered, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based psychodynamic therapies. Past events, present concerns, and future possibilities are explored in a holistic manner that can shed light and understanding to facilitate a more connected sense of self
If you are interested in learning more about the Connect-IN philosopy and approach, as well as main principles and benefits,