Most psychological difficulties evolve from adaptive stances taken at a young age in response to stress, confusion, neglect, unrealistic expectations, and maladaptive attachment styles. These stances taken as young children can evolve into problematic patterns of thinking, feeling, and reacting, some of which may be obvious and some may take an in-depth psychotherapy to clarify. The symptoms resulting from these patterns can include:
Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, sleep disorders, eating disorders, compulsive traits, self-esteem problems, confusion, and self defeating traits.
My approach is interactive and collaborative, first in working with you to understand the things that bring you to therapy, and then working with you to help these change. This joint effort often requires us to examine the developmental forces that have shaped your experience and view of life with which you are having difficulty. Through this process new options and feelings about yourself and others tend to open up, freeing you from rigid, painful, or self-defeating patterns.
My theoretical background is developmental and psychodynamic. I have dedicated my professional life to understanding how early human development and attachment patterns shape personality and patterns of behavior. I have also worked to develop a conversational approach that incorporates common, everyday language.