As a therapist, I draw from a wide variety of approaches, including relational, existential, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and Nonviolent Communication. My overarching focus is on the importance of a genuine relationship between my client and me. I believe that authenticity fosters empathy, understanding, and trust — all essential for effective therapy, no matter what issues are being addressed. I also bring to each session a calm presence, a nonjudgmental attitude, curiosity, and a sense of humor.
With couples, my work ranges from brief, solution-focused therapy to longer-term support for deepening connection and improving communication. I view my role as helping to clarify issues, identify patterns, and create solutions for lasting change.
My specialization in "walk and talk" therapy provides an opportunity to take therapy off the couch and into the outdoors. Walking, especially in nature, can help alleviate depression and anxiety while facilitating clearer thinking, broader perspectives, and an overall sense of well-being. (For more information see the "Walk and Talk" page.)
Whether in the traditional office setting or outdoors, I do my best to adapt my ways of working to the needs and preferences of each individual client.