|My work as a social worker is grounded in Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). I work from a belief that relationships are necessary for healthy emotional development and it is the relationship in therapy that is the central healing agent. People grow in, through and toward relational connections, rather than through the separation and isolation we learn in the dominant Western culture. Through my work in psychotherapy I offer clients the opportunity to address the need for relational connection in an environment of empathy, appreciation, and compassion. In this place we can explore wounds and losses so that healing can happen and lasting change can take hold.
My clinical approach tends to be eclectic. I incorporate exploring early family and childhood experiences, psychodynamics, strengths, mindfulness, psychodrama methods, Dialectical Behavioral Training, psycho-education, cognitive behavioral techniques, skill development, and humor. The work I do is uniquely informed by each individual client based on what each one prefers and what works best in each personís situation.
In addition to individual psychotherapy, my practice also includes work with couples, gender variant, lesbian, gay and bisexual persons. I work with couples with a primary focus on the present moment to assist them in clarifying intentions, having successful conversations, and working toward their personal relationship goals. My gender work includes exploration of gender identity and expression, and the journey of gender affirmation. I also include work with partners and family members, and/or couples therapy to increase understanding and to ease transitions. My work with lesbian, gay and bisexual persons includes exploration of common daily concerns as well as coming out issues and managing relationships in a heterosexist society.