It’s not easy to seek help. And it’s even harder to place your trust in someone to start that process. Maybe you’re tired of doing it all on your own, and of telling yourself the same stories over again. Why don’t we try to sort it out together? We might not know what the destination is, and together we can figure it out.
I believe that stories and language are how we come to understand ourselves. I also believe in the primacy of one’s family and early relationships as a model for how one relates to relationships in the present. However, family is not destiny, and my hope is that in working together, we can find the possibility of change and growth over time. Therapy allows for a rare space where together we come to listen and to be listened to, and to understand and evolve those stories.
I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. How we work together is uniquely dependent on how you are as a person—the issues you want to talk about, and how we interact with one another. I treat people with a variety of issues, and am particularly interested in those who are going through life transitions, or are suffering from anxiety. My experience as a researcher who has focused on ethnic identity development grounds my approach to clinical work. I am sensitive to issues of race, culture, and class and how they play out in our self perceptions and within the therapeutic relationship itself.
When we start, my goal is to get an overall understanding of your life and the issues bringing you in, and to then delve into those issues and think about what your goals in working together are.