We repeat what we don't repair.
Seeking the support of a therapist can be a powerful step toward increasing self-awareness and the ability to change patterns that are no longer productive. I collaborate with my clients to identify and work toward treatment goals, using a combination of practical skills and deeper work to explore and repair root issues that may be contributing to current problems. My therapeutic style is humanistic/relational, and I am always listening for ways that past traumas or attachment disruptions may be connected to current issues. The therapeutic relationship plays an important role in helping to recognize and heal these types of issues. Change in therapy happens through a process of increased self-understanding, practicing new ways of engaging (with yourself, with others, with a particular problem or set of issues), and development and practice of coping strategies.
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (learn more about EMDR here), and I have found that in addition to working beautifully for trauma, EMDR is incredibly effective for the treatment of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other issues. Experiencing EMDR can feel like being in a dream state while awake and aware of your experience. In this way, the unconscious can become conscious more quickly than with talk therapy alone, allowing connections to be made between past experiences and current beliefs or patterns that have been difficult to change.
I regularly consult with other therapists and attend mental health trainings and conferences to facilitate my ability to stay up to date with the most current research and practices to support my work with clients.