philosophy

My work focuses on addressing underlying, root cause concerns in order to create lasting change in relational and behavioral patterns. 

 

The most central tenets of my work are the importance of a strong client-therapist relationship and the unique nature of each client’s therapeutic needs. Numerous research studies have confirmed that therapies founded in these two concepts are most likely to create long-lasting change.  

That being said, I understand that individuals often want a more specific idea of what will happen in a therapeutic session.  For that reason, I work with clients to make sure we are jointly identifying core concerns and beginning to address those from the first session.  

 

Here are some specific areas I often help my clients address:

  • Developing greater awareness, understanding and expression of emotions

  • Understanding how early life experiences affect your present-day behaviors and relational patterns

  • Identifying unhelpful thought patterns and working to replace them with more helpful, balanced responses

  • Identifying ways you doubt and disaffirm your own wisdom and working to better allow that wisdom to guide you

  • Practicing specific interventions aimed at targeted behaviors, impulses or defenses

  • Developing effective coping strategies

  • Finding meaning in your past experiences that helps you engage in your present and future in an intentional and authentic way

 

You are the expert on your life, so I will work collaboratively with you to understand you, your unique story and your therapeutic needs.

2012 Bryant Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55405

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