Psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, Imago Relationship theory, humanist theory, mindfulness of Eastern philosophy, spirituality of Christianity, existentialism, phenomenology, nonviolent communication and social psychology influence my style as a therapist. I find it useful to draw on different therapy models and teachings to best tailor my work with you to fit your needs.
I offer equine facilitated psychotherapy to clients who benefit from this type of intervention.
When working with two or more people, my approach as a therapist and facilitator is that there is no right person and no wrong person in either conflicts of need or conflicts of value. When we slow things down and use listening skills to track, validate and express empathy for the other, a shift of understanding occurs, which can trigger growth and healing.In our work I will help you build a conscious, mindful relationship. I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist trained by Master Imago Trainer Dr. Bruce Crapuchettes and his wife, Dr. Francine Beauvoir of the Pasadena Institute for Relationships
MY PURPOSE: to provide you with a safe space to work on your goals, in a manner that serves your best interests as you define them. I work to facilitate you to find your way; I will never offer advice or tell you what I think is best for you, but rather will support and encourage you to find what is alive in you. I will help you find your voice. Regardless of your situation and problem, I believe there is always a way to make positive change.
MY METHOD: I provide 60 and 90 minute sessions to individuals, and a minimum of 90 minute sessions to couples. I work on a sliding scale, and will discuss fees with you prior to our first session. (Please see my fees page). As an elder with a background rich in experience, I work well with people of diverse ages, backgrounds and cultures. I offer afternoon and evening appointments. I believe in a family systems approach and draw on Cognitive Behavioral interventions as well as Narrative theory and interventions.
For individuals, I provide help, encouragement and support with many issues, including but not limited to:
- Trauma and abuse issues, PTSD
- Depression, Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem
- Bipolar I and II
- Making goals and striving to achieve them
- Communication Skills to Improve Your Relationships
For those whose relationships trouble them (couples, families, parents/children, and individuals), I provide interventions that help facilitate positive change in dealing with
- Relationship issues between spouses/partners, conflict between parents and children.
- Parenting issues.
- Dysfunctional family dynamics
- Challenging Life Transitions including Career Changes, Trauma