Psychotherapy should the frankest most in depth dialogue you ever have. It should open your eyes to entirely new aspects of yourself, your relationships and how to live life fully. It should be a very intense and impactful experience.
Therapy is hard work. You should feel safe and protected by me, while also challenged to go deep into your psyche to find strength and courage to shed old habits and hurts and try new, healthier ways to connect and relate in the world. Successful therapy involves struggling through painful emotions (shame, sadness, anxiety, loss) with concomitant empowerment to acknowlede feelings and desires , set better boundaries, and defeat passivity and actively pursue your goals. Anger will be channeled into passion and productivity, and sadness transformed to compassion. You will be better able to protect yourself, and therefore better able to open your heart to love, affection and closeness.
Most of my clients find me "down to earth" and pretty easy to relate to. I try to be real and want to connect with you in a heartfelt way, not just intellectually. This means I try to model emotionally transparency and use my experience of our relationship as a guide for how to best help you set goals and change. I track my feelings and use them as clues to focus on and understand what you are feeling. This process should engender your self-awareness of your feelings, needs and desires, and also of the effects that you have on other people. Many clients equate their "good intentions" with "good effects," but often there is a disconnect as they are actually having a deleterious effect. With therapy you will begin to understand how many of your familiar behaviors are dysfunctional and lead you into difficulty instead of where you want to be.
Proud to be Recognized by WASHINGTONIAN as One of Areas Top Therapists 1998 2009 2012