People who seek me out may be struggling with:
Anxiety or Depression. Overwhelming emotions might interfere with their relationships and/or work.
Some have low self-esteem.The bad feelings they harbor about themselves inhibit their satisfaction in life.
They may have interpersonal conflicts and want help resolving them.
Some people are socially isolated or do not have the kinds of relationships they want. They may need better social skills.
Clients may have motivational problems and want to understand why they have not achieved their goals. They may feel unfulfilled and need help to make changes.
They may be in a life transition and want help to think clearly about the choices they are making.
They may exhibit trouble with impulse control and have self-defeating habits or addictions that they are not managing well.
Sometimes a loved one wants the person to get help.
I work with adults and adolescents to provide individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. My assumption is that self-awareness is the key to change. You must first understand who you are, and the experiences that have shaped you before you can more freely chose new thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This approach is called insight-oriented, psychodynamic, or psychoanalytic.
Looking at one’s life can be hard work, so it is important that it occur in the context of a trusting relationship. It takes time to build this trust. We will work together to maximize your well-being.
Many of our motives become established early in life when we have no control over what happens to us. We adjust to the people around us, adapt to their personalities and expectations. We learn to cope with the environment we live in and rely on with these coping strategies for daily life. Often the ways we learned to cope in our families do not work as well in the larger world and hold us back from greater opportunities. This is where insight comes in; if you become more self-aware, you can determine what you want to change.
Greater self-awareness leads to better living in terms of symptom relief, and improvement in the quality of relationships and one’s work.