Therapy to suit your individual and family needs
I enjoy working with all age groups and offer individual, dyad, couple and family therapy to support your unique needs.
Psychotherapy with adults
I bring the experience of a conscious and adventurous life to my work with adults of all ages. I work with insight gained from the worlds of psychology, design, music, teaching, philosophy, spirituality, relationship and community work. This insight helps me to understand your particular inner and outer life, and to find ways to make it more satisfying.
We begin by me listening to you. We go on from there when you are ready. Life can be simultaneously disheartening, worrying, lonely, traumatic, challenging, stimulating and nourishing. You may be dealing with self-defeating patterns, with challenging transitions or work pressures, with illness and grief. Our work together will include finding ways to work with the current material of your life, and to make this material alive and responsive to the direction you wish to choose for yourself.
I attempt to provide an affirming space to do this work with people of all identities, including gender, sexual orientation, race, values and culture, while maintaining a personal commitment to feminist and progressive ideas and practices. I am told that I am an excellent listener, have a calming presence, and that my questions and comments help others to see situations in a fresh light.
Psychotherapy with children and adolescents
I have extensive experience in working with young children and their families. I have also taught college-age children and enjoy relating to them and helping them care passionately about life. There might be some value in my being a male, and a therapist of color, in working with certain children, and I am of service if you need me to work with you or your children. I pay attention to attachment theory, object relations, to creative and verbal expression, to the precious spirit of children, and to encouraging their personal investment in their health.
Children can give us hope when they are supported, and I work with them to access that place of hope in their world. Sometimes it is more beneficial to work with the child along with one or more parents, and in this case I offer work with dyads or families, centered on the child. I relate to a variety of homes, ranging from the traditional joint family to the single gay parent or the foster parent home, and support children to develop healthy relationships within these homes.
Children relate to me, are playful and communicative in my presence, and parents find me to be respectful and skilled.
Couples Therapy and Family Therapy
We are richer when we are in relationship, and we don't always know how to seek relationships, how to relate, and how to communicate our needs within intimate and family relationships. Sometimes, we, in couples and families, lose sight of what we appreciated in each other, appear to be on different journeys, lose trust in each other, and encounter intergenerational challenges. We don't know how to regenerate our relationship. I am trained in marriage and family therapy. I am skilled in understanding how individuals and systems interact, and in improving these interactions to create a healthy and vibrant shared relationship while honoring individual needs. I will work with you to improve your relationship.
I understand and relate to many kinds of families and relationships due to my life experience and my interest in various cultures and languages. I always try to relate our work to the larger systems within which we live our lives, to be aware of power and privilege, gender discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. This contextualization and awareness can help us to heal from the absence of supportive attitudes within and outside our families of origin. Through our collective healing within the work of psychotherapy we can search for ways in which our intimate relationships and families can build their own strength and then offer support to our extended families and societies.
Couples and families feel heard by me, and feel encouraged to relate to the affirming parts of each other while sharing honestly.