Approach

I offer an integrative therapy rooted in the belief that awareness and self-compassion are transformational. I believe change happens through greater self-acceptance, loosening our fixed perspectives, and trusting in the wisdom of our inner experience.

Toward these aims, I draw upon the perspectives and methods of Humanistic and Buddhist psychology. I also incorporate bibliotherapy, journal writing and poetry therapy for those interested in this type of work.

Very simply, the humanistic perspective values our self-healing capacity and the importance of having a strong therapeutic relationship. Buddhist psychology is about investigating what is true. It helps us think about the ways our minds are conditioned and offers very practical ways for engaging with the world as it is. The transformative language arts, i.e. poetry, journaling, literature, recognize the power in language to bring about healing and growth.

It is difficult to enjoy the moments of our lives when our attention is preoccupied with struggle. Much of the work of therapy is about learning to open to everything we encounter with a compassionate and gentle attitude. We learn to drop the struggle. Having a safe space to share our vulnerability helps us to do this; thus reducing our suffering, and bringing about emotional balance in the midst of difficulty.

I’ve trained in a variety of other models including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and analytical psychology, all of which can be integrated within the above mentioned framework.

For those interested in learning more about the approaches I draw most consistently from, please look through the following links:

Institute for Zen Therapy

Tariki Trust

Humanist Psychology

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
Contextual Science
The Happiness Trap

Poetry and Bibliotherapy:
TLA Network
Poetry Therapy
Poetic Medicine