In individual therapy, we will work towards your goals together. We’ll focus on your strengths, and on each step you take to move toward those goals.
I get it; things are complicated and there are layers upon layers coming together to form your experience. There are many parts of you to consider: from physical to intellectual and emotional, and from interactional to even those spiritual parts. Not only that; while individual therapy does focus on you, we will take a look at your social context at play: your family, culture, religion, society, work, friendship, and relationships. I'll help you make sense of all of these, and find your agency to work towards a solution that makes sense for you.
In therapy, we pay close attention to problems you are facing, the history of those problems, how they are affecting you. We’ll take a look at what control you have over those problems, as we work together to find your way forward through them.
We’ll also consider your expectations, where they came from, how they are playing a role in the problems at hand, and any changes you wish to make. I use a trauma-informed approach, may incorporate somatic therapy, mindfulness, art, and drama techniques.
In all the world, there is no one exactly like me. There are persons who have some parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me. Therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone choose it.
I own everything about me; My body including everything it does; my mind including all its thoughts and ideas; my eyes including the images of all they behold; my feelings whatever they may be… anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement; My mouth and all of the words that come out of it polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect; my voice loud or soft. And all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me I can become intimately acquainted with me. By doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts. I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know. But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully, look for solutions to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is ME. This is authentic and represents where I am in that moment in time. When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did, and how I thought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting. I can discard that which is unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting, and invent something new for that which I discarded.