"Life is guided by a changing of and interpretation of experience. It is always in the process of becoming." - Carl Rogers
My approach to psychotherapy
Carl Rogers noticed that people cannot change and move in a more positive direction until they thoroughly accept themselves as they are. My approach to therapy is client-centered. This means that I encourage you to be your authentic self while I work on empathic and accurate understanding of what you convey in the sessions. As I work to understand you, you learn more about yourself. I work to provide an environment that promotes and nourishes your strengths and helps you align what you do with your values. I may ask questions that help you express your feelings, thoughts, and perceptions about yourself and your world. I may challenge you to see things from a different perspective. This helps you see yourself and your world in more detail, with greater curiosity, and with less defensiveness and fear. I work to provide a non-judgmental, safe place for you to talk through everyday things as well as feelings, thoughts, and experiences that are difficult.
Beyond talk therapy
Research has shown that mindfulness practices and other cognitive-behavioral techniques can help people lead lives with greater insight, contentment, and well being. With practice, these tools may help you cut the root of your emotional and cognitive suffering. I may suggest resources for you to use between therapy sessions, but I leave you with the power to use them or ignore them if they are not for you.
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*I am licensed to treat patients in Pennsylvania (LCSW #CW013287), Massachusetts (LICSW #119344), Michigan (LMSW #6801100720), California (LCSW #83491), and Florida (LCSW #SW16327 ). I abide by the NASW Code of Ethics.