Psychotherapy for artists, academics, professionals, emerging adults, teens, and students.
I can help you:
Feel more productive, calmer and less stressed
Feel more energized and inspired
Improve your relationships
Increase feelings of love & intimacy
Embrace your LGBTQI2S experience
Navigate cross-cultural adjustment
Master student life
Activate your social life
Make parents & family work
Find yourself/Identify what you want from life
Get the tasks of “Adulting” done successfully
Make the best of make-overs & transitions
Deal effectively with emotions & mood
Re-parent your Self
Overcome anxiety, fear & panic
Coach your recovery from addiction to _____ (fill in the blank)
Overcome stress from oppression and microaggressions
Manage mental illness to enjoy a rewarding life
How do I go about helping you?
My goal is to develop a confidential and individualized process to help reduce your suffering, and help you reach your goals. This can last between a couple of sessions to an extended period, depending of what you need to work on together.
After learning about your concerns and goals in our first session, we will collaborate to design an evolving customized plan of action focused on your goals and based on my expertise. Once we define the outcomes you desire, we will move forward. My goal is to make my services unnecessary by achieving your goals. Sounds counter-intuitive, but every time a client reaches their goals feels very rewarding and exciting to me!
Every week, we will meet and address what you bring to each session. My job is to listen attentively and offer feedback anchored in my professional experience and knowledge. Your contribution to the process is to bring to our weekly or bi-weekly sessions you questions, whatever is in your mind, or what causes you distress in the most open way you can.
As the work advances, I will check regularly with you to see if the goals are met or need to evolve. Sometimes you may feel you want to stop because you feel worse than before. This is normal, and happens in the process right before you start feeling better. Sometimes you may need to overcome feelings of avoidance. Talking about the feelings that emerge in our sessions is healing and helps you process them productively.
My interventions include doing and saying things to make you feel comfortable, protected and safe during sessions. I listen with curiosity and empathy to build a therapeutic relationship based on kindness, compassion and unconditional regard. Research amply shows that this is the most helpful element of "talk therapy" no matter what modality the therapist uses.
I find that people feel at ease with me because I am naturally engaged, authentic and direct. I practice a philosophy of being fully and humanly present, based on Martin Buber’s philosophy of being fully present in a relationship of mutual respect.
My approach is the opposite to that of those movie therapists where the therapist is silent and writes on a pad, aloof and distant. I offer my views when you ask. I am very present and engaged.
As I listen to you, I remain curious about what you are saying, and pay careful attention to my intuition and responses. I also track my intellectual and emotional responses to what you bring to the session to keep it about you and your goals.
My ability to use divergent thinking comes in handy to imagine how you experience the world. I try to notice the themes, imagery, patterns, myths, thinking traps, somatic changes and emotions of what you share.
Sometimes, you will chose to do “homework” to complete at home that addresses your needs and complements your therapy,especially when using modalities like CBT and DBT. These activities support the treatment and can be an important part of these modalities.
Ideally, you will feel more understood and learn from the process. When you have doubts or questions, I will be happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently. I know how to take care of myself in the process, and how to maintain you as safe as possible. This is necessary to be effective.
I find that Mindfulness is one of the most popular and effective tools to use with my clients. I have a lot of experience helping people get into a state of mindfulness with less effort. Science has shown how effective and wonderful it can be applied to enhancing well being. At the beginning of each session, I will offer you an optional short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus. It will help you stay in the moment, feel calmer, and feel less at the mercy of your feelings.
I like to blog and share information I find about mindfulness and other topics, so you can check the “Toolbox” button on the menu above and see what I put there for you.
My intention is to make every session worthwhile. I do a brief check-in at the end of each session to track how our collaboration is working and make sure you take something useful with you. I will often give you handouts or reinforce any new practical activity that has worked for you.
When you feel you have achieved your goals, I will encourage you to meet with me one last time to go over what you learned and evaluate the process together. This will help you end properly and tie any loose ends.
Please feel invited to make a free appointment to ask me any questions you may have by clicking the button below or going to the contact me tab.