My approach to psychotherapy and counseling is rooted in Existential-Phenomenological psychology, informed by Psychoanalytic theories, and offers a Holistic perspective.
As human beings, we all experience suffering and struggle at times with the circumstances of our unique lives. To be with our distress, pain, or confusion in isolation is difficult and unnecessary; therefore I provide the space and service of assisting you in your process of exploration, understanding, healing, and growth. My commitment is to provide a safe place for you to examine feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and relationship patterns that are interfering with your development and well-being. My purpose is to build an authentic and trusting relationship with you, in which I respect your privacy and individuality, so that you can do the work you are ready to do. Together we will identify and discuss aspects of yourself and areas of your life you want to reflect upon, strengthen, or change.
Existential-Phenomenological psychology draws from 19th century European philosophers and applies these philosophical ideas to understanding human nature rather than seeing a person in terms of their symptoms.  Basic human issues of joy, despair, love, freedom, and choice are understood in terms of how we actually live them out and experience them.  There is a profound respect for someone's experience and an attempt to make sense of one's experience; in this way this approach is non-pathologizing.  There is also a recognition that we live in the world, so as much as we are acting on the world, the world is impacting us. This makes the therapeutic relationship one that is collaborative and co-created by both the client and the therapist.  Because each person's experience is personal, the therapist upholds an ideal of being present to the client in a way that illuminates what is meaningful to the client rather than imposing the therapist's opinions or assumptions.
Psychoanalytic theories originated with Sigmund Freud and have evolved since Freud's early ideas, reflecting current culture and society.  Psychoanalytic theories help explain the formation of the internal dynamics of a person in terms of one's sense of self and others.  Attention to the client's developmental and family history is valuable in understanding how various patterns of relating to oneself, others, and the world came to be.  What's behind some behaviors and feelings can be unconscious or out of awareness to the client, making problematic patterns hard to change.  The unique relationship formed with a psychotherapist can bring to light unresolved issues and the chance to work through them in a way that brings about lasting change.
A Holistic perspective implies a model of the human being as body-mind-spirit.  The idea is that they are all connected; what is happening in one can affect the other.  An illness can cloud the mind and make one feel depressed, like taking a walk can connect you more deeply to nature and make you smile.