I provide both short and long term therapy for individuals and families. Every person has different challenges, goals, and styles of communication. Therapy is not a one-formula -fits- all science, but rather, an art of blending creative conversation with compassionate presence. The primary focus of my counseling work is determined by the unique need of the individual client, couple, or family. I will not give advice or tell you what to do with your life. Instead I will listen to your expressed desires, asking clarifying questions and exploring both existing and new options, collaboratively building a strategy for approaching your best outcome. We will check in frequently throughout therapy to see how our strategy is working, calibrating and redefining goals and objectives as needed.
My approach is solution focused and strengths based. Many people have far greater strength and ability to handle challenges than they realize. We will identify resources you already have used to successfully handle past difficulties, and find ways to apply these talents to your current issues, goals, and dreams. My counseling perspective has been influenced by studying Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which explores how the language patterns of our brains shape our thoughts and behavior. Through listening and reflection I can help you become aware of how the structure of the perceptions and the messages you have (perhaps unknowingly) internalized about yourself and your world in turn shape yourself and your world. Together we can practice developing more productive self talk and new mental and behavioral habits that can support your well-being and growth toward your goals. While we will be goal focused, we will, more importantly, learn to enjoy the process, as we humans are never really done expanding and continually improving our lives, and the completion of one task or goal by nature creates a new quest and inspiration. I hope to be able to help you to find the fun in that ongoing unfolding creative journey. My primary intention is to help you learn from and be at peace with any disappointments, regrets or wounds of the past, and utilize your unique interests and abilities to become fully and joyfully engaged in the experience of your present life as you continue to formulate your unique vision for your future life.
I work with a broad range of clients, and as a creative artist who is sensitive to women’s issues and also very aware of the way our culture can shape the self-perceptions, experiences and gender roles of both men and women in our society, I specialize in working with artists, women, and children (and their parents and/or families). In addition to conversations, I enjoy using sandplay, art and play therapy to connect and explore in the unconscious world of the imagination. This is especially effective with very young people who express and heal more through the kinetic and creative processes than linear verbal expression. While I am not a certified life coach, sometimes my counseling work has a practical life coaching style. Because I understand the artistic temperament first hand, I can support creative people in negotiating the balance between fulfilling their artistic vision and living in a culture where artists often feel misunderstood and marginalized, helping them find a pathway to contribute their much needed talents and creative gifts to our world.
There are as many styles of psychotherapy as there are therapists, and I hope this brief introduction to my counseling style has helped you to know if we might be able to work together well. I will be happy to consult with you on the phone (707-318-0566) to clarify any other questions you may have about my approach to therapy and to help you decide if we are a good team. I look forward to hearing from you.