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As a licensed therapist, I practice a form of Person-Centered, Humanistic Therapy. This means that I believe every person has the capacity for healing and can access their inner wisdom to meaningfully respond to the difficulties in life. My work is to help each client clarify and make sense of the guidance coming from their "authentic self."
My philosophy is based on the existentialist idea that much of suffering stems from the very nature of existence; what it means to be human in this precarious life. A lot of my work, therefore, is focused on the "here and now" and in being fully present and in relationship, with the environment, with others and with oneself. I also utilize the techniques of Gestalt Therapy (empty chair work and role-playing), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Therapy (Object Relations). I’ve completed level one of the Gottman couples training, I’m a certified yoga teacher and I’ve done much coursework in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica (USM).
In my sessions, clients have the opportunity to experience self-reflection and therapist feedback. Clients learn the practices of self-compassion, and self-forgiveness. I collaborate with clients on setting realistic personal goals while we work together to explore creative and effective ways of realizing these goals.