I approach psychotherapy with the understanding that no single theory or technique can explain our complicated histories, identities, or abilities. My work tends to be very person-centered, as I closely hold the values of empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard for others. I consider effective therapy to be possible when the relationship between patient and therapist is team-oriented. Recognizing individuals as the experts on their own lives, I desire strong therapeutic alliances with people and view therapy as a partnership in which we work together to determine the direction and content of the therapeutic process.
In my work, I listen to and organize the narratives and presenting problems of my patients. This allows me to attend to particular themes and issues, which in turn lead me to identify particular etiological pathways and consider potential treatment goals and desired outcomes that frame the work we engage in. I value the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques and trust in the importance of challenging and changing unhelpful thinking patterns, improving maladaptive behaviors, and developing effective coping strategies. I also draw from dialectical behavioral therapy, specifically mindfulness and skills for emotional regulation. By incorporating different therapeutic techniques, my goal is to collaboratively create tailored treatment plans that can be successfully integrated into the daily lives of my patients.