A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

– George Bernard Shaw

My approach is strengths-based, meaning our work together will build upon the inherent strengths you’ve developed from life experiences. I draw from a variety of theories to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive behaviors and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. Because CBT is an active intervention, clients may be given homework or asked to practice using new skills between sessions.

Narrative Therapy (NT) is founded on the idea that people have interacting narratives that create their sense of self, and that the issues they bring to therapy are influenced by cultural discourses about identity and power. NT centers around a rich engagement in re-storying a client’s narrative by re-considering, re-appreciating, and re-authoring the client’s preferred life and relationships.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) centers on solutions, rather than on symptoms or issues that bring a client to therapy. SFBT focuses on the client’s present and future desires, as opposed to past experiences. The therapist encourages the client to imagine their desired  future and collaborates on a series of steps to achieve their goals. This involves determining what skills, resources and abilities need to be developed and utilized for the client to reach the desired outcome.