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“You cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
We have many types of relationships with people- family, friends, intimate partners, and colleagues. Each relationship provides us with something different. Any relationship can bring about turmoil. And every relationship takes work to be successful. Many of us aren’t taught how to cultivate the relationships we want (or that this is even an option). It seems as though we just find ourselves in patterns and don’t know how we got there or how to change them.
Relationship challenges manifest in many different ways. Sometimes there’s more tension between us and a loved one than there used to be and being together doesn’t feel as natural as it used to. Sometimes we find that arguing (often about repetitive issues) has become one of our primary modes of communication. Sometimes we believe that the problem would resolve if the other person changed. And sometimes we just don’t feel as connected as we’d like to be. Our struggles don’t have to last forever; we can break free from the burden of our maladaptive patterns.
I work with people who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, those who suffer from addictive behaviors and thought patterns, people who notice chronic negative relationship patterns that need to change, and those who experience a lack of fulfillment in some aspect of their lives. I help my clients find out what’s going wrong, why they are engaging in certain patterns, and together we find helpful strategies to abate maladaptive patterns to achieve and maintain the lives they want. We all experience the pain that accompanies being human. Together, we’ll work through it and understand where it’s coming from so that it can be used for growth.
I provide my clients with EMDR Therapy when indicated. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a psychodynamic protocol used to treat the symptoms of trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, addiction, panic disorder, chronic pain, and more. To find out more about it click here. To review the research and see FAQs, visit this website: www.emdr.com.
Help with Sexuality and Intimacy
Many of my clients come to me looking for help expressing their sexuality and deepening intimacy. I see people who have a desire to share deep parts of themselves, but experience barriers that keep them from doing so, patterns that put painful limits on their relationships. I have noticed that many people have a hard time asking for what they want from partners out of fear and shame. Together, we explore issues, address suffering, and find useful strategies to support wholehearted living.
Why do we do we make the choices we make? How can we reduce suffering and improve quality of living? How can we identify what is really causing our distress? How can we adapt to life changes and maintain our connection to ourselves and loved ones? All of these questions can be answered through psychotherapy. Mindfulness and insight-oriented meditation also effectively address these concerns. I combine psychotherapy, mindfulness, and insight-oriented meditation tools throughout my work with clients.