I am specially trained to listen to the nuances of what my patients say and to communicate this back to them in ways that foster insight and personal growth. Sometimes this stretches the patient personally because he or she was unaware of the underlying issues that were causing so much distress and disruption. However, the understanding I offer serves as a containing presence for suffering. What a relief occurs when a new perspective brings a positive life-transformation out of seeming chaos!
I am trained as a generalist psychologist and I have a keen interest in people of broadly differing backgrounds. This has kept my work fresh and interesting to me over the 30 years that I have worked as a therapist. I am interested in you as a person of unique personal qualities.
However, I have also pursued advanced training at the post-doctoral level in order to advance my understand my patients at a deep and profound level. This includes the systemic, repetitive patterns that mark how my patients relate to family and friends. Marriage and family treatment is often focused at this level. There are also levels of thinking and relating that may be totally unconscious to them. Understanding these dynamics is often key to changing destructive patterns in the lives of my patients -- patterns that rob people of their joy in living meaningful and thoughtful lives.
Working with people at the depth level of their experience is the most rewarding aspect of my work.