From a very early age we are subject to inescapable messages from dominant culture, our social sphere, and familial pressures to be a certain way. Together we will develop a deeper understanding of you in the context of your life and culture and thus, part of our work will likely focus on separating out who you think you “should” be from who you actually are. We will collaborate to cultivate an authentic and integrated sense of self, promoting a rich landscape for transformation to occur at a pace that is comfortable for you. We want to help you celebrate and accept yourself for who you truly are and what you stand for.
As we are becoming increasingly reliant on technology, we prioritize individualism and fleeting connection over deeply intimate relationships, resulting in higher levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. An integral part of building sustainable relationships comes from developing curiosity, empathy, and directly communicating about needs you have that are not currently being met or you may not even be aware of. In our work together, we will consider ways to cultivate more meaningful connections that inspire vulnerability and intimacy, and build greater awareness around fears and conflicts that may be hindering your ability to do so.
A core foundation for good therapeutic work is a relationship built on warmth, empathy, and trust; where both parties are continually growing and learning from each other. We will co-create a supportive and non-judgmental environment that values transparency, vulnerability, and the exploration of how we both are impacting one another. This is not Freud’s therapy! Here the therapist is not an authoritative “blank slate,” but instead, a whole human being who will walk alongside you on this journey. We believe that one of the most powerful ways to access healing and bring about change is through the lived experience of creating a relationship where you feel heard, understood, and accepted for who you are authentically.
In our culture we tend to be “cut off” from the shoulders down. We prioritize analyzing, rationalizing, and problem solving—all mental processes—above the valuable information that physical sensations and body memory can offer. Working with traumatic experiences particularly, deep healing can be found in intimately getting to know the pain we hold in our bodies. Together we will investigate your experience as it occurs moment-to-moment by maintaining curiosity around what is happening in both your mind and body and we’ll encourage you to continue this practice outside of the therapy room.
Finally, it is imperative to note that not all therapy sessions must be intense and serious! There is much to be learned in playful shared moments. Our work will incorporate humor as an entry to meaningful connection as well as providing levity and respite from despair. We prioritize holding space for celebrating your joys, naming and appreciating your progress and accomplishments, and the healing value of embodied laughter.
Together we will help you connect to the strengths that you innately possess and build out a more meaningful and enriching life full of nourishing relationships, laughter, and a greater sense of wellbeing.
You are welcome here regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability, immigration status, or religion.