Counseling is not the same as coaching...
- Are you experiencing depression or chronic anxiety?
- Is emotional distress interfering with your ability to work or relax?
- Do you wish you could make significant changes in your close relationships?
- Would you like to better understand and alter negative patterns in your life?
If so, therapy may help.
How do I view the therapeutic relationship?
I envision psychotherapy as a collaborative process rather than a situation where I am the unquestioned expert and you are the patient. Therapy is a safe and confidential place to examine your anxieties, distress, fears, memories, relationships, dreams, strengths, longings, aspirations and successes. Together, we explore the patterns of your past, understand the issues that shape your present, and work to make positive changes for your future.
What are the theories that will shape our work together?
Contemporary psychoanalytic theories form the conceptual base of my training in clinical psychology. Thus, I believe that unconscious thoughts, feelings and conflicts influence us on an ongoing basis in complex and dynamic ways. In my opinion, understanding these unconscious influences is the most effective way to make lasting, positive changes in our behaviors and attitudes.
Family systems and developmental theories also influence my work as a therapist. I will work with you to uncover the systemic patterns in your family of origin and how those patterns continue to influence your relationships in the present. Examining developmental phases and life transitions is also an important aspect of my approach.
Although my training over the past two decades has been primarily psychodynamic, I use many cognitive-behavioral interventions in my work as a therapist and coach. I believe that emotional insight is important, but that insight must be combined with action for therapy to be successful. Making concrete shifts in your daily habits will help you achieve your goals.
Where should we start?
I offer psychotherapy at my office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. If you live in the area, and would like to consider working with me, I suggest beginning with a consultation.