My background and training in therapy is wide-ranging. I value the diversity of my experiences as a therapist because it helps me to see each client individually and tailor my approach to suit their needs. I integrate psychodynamic, relational, cognitive-behavioral and family systems theories into understanding my patients and guiding interventions. Above all, I believe that the relationship between patient and therapist is paramount for success and always work toward cultivating a strong therapeutic alliance.
Sometimes I am asked, “who do you work best with?” There’s no one answer to that question, but I work with a lot of teens and adults who are highly functioning and, from the outside, seem like they have it all together. However, on the inside they feel fragile, anxious or just "not good enough.” That said, one thing I love about having a general therapy practice is that I get to work with a variety of people with different challenges and needs. The most common initial reasons for seeking treatment in my practice are anxiety, perfectionism, relationship challenges (friends or romantic), self esteem, depression, stress management and parenting challenges.
While I have a background in child therapy, I have found over the years that I am most effective at helping children by working directly with parents. I provide support to parents, helping them gain greater insight into the challenges impacting their family system while also providing concrete strategies and tips to help in difficult moments.