Building on your strengths is far more therapeutic than focusing on your wounds. I start with getting to know you and your strengths and then bring into awareness where you are challenged without making your difficulties the focus of therapy. We establish a safe and stable connection before processing challenging feelings, thoughts and beliefs. We only dig around in the past when it helps resolve issues in the present.
When your nervous system is whacked-out it affects how you feel and think. When your identity as a person is stressed it affects how you feel in your heart and body. We dance with this complex relationship of body and mind using mindful awareness and good old common sense.
The strategies that helped us feel safe as children became obstacles to our happiness as adults. By exploring what gets in the way of what we say we want, we discover those strategies. And once we can see them, we can making choices about using them.
My approach brings self-regulation to a resource-oriented, non-regressive, psychodynamically informed non-pathologizing approach that emphasizes connection to the parts of ourselves that are organized, coherent and functional.