Using an integrative lens that combines interpersonal, emotion-focused, multicultural, feminist, existential, and mindfulness-based approaches, I help my clients gain awareness on personal and sociocultural factors that may have shaped their existing patterns and learn new ways of interpreting and responding to situations. I also assist my clients to attune to their emotions and unmet needs and learn ways to express them constructively. I believe in the healing power of reclaiming one’s stories and help my clients to reassess their values and priorities in life and engage in intentional decision making that reflects who they are and how they want to lead their lives, freed from external messages. Mindfulness-based approaches inform my work when I guide my clients to find a better balance between their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I also use other approaches such as solution focused approach or cognitive behavioral therapy techniques if needed.
My role as a therapist is to accompany my clients in their journey as they find their way back to their inner wisdom and work toward healing and growth. I value a collaborative working relationship and invite my clients to participate in setting the direction and pace of our work together. I view a therapy relationship as an important vehicle for change and strive to provide an open, honest, and authentic connection. I share my observations and experiences in therapy to deepen the therapy process and balance my supportive stance with a gentle nudge to try out new perspectives and behaviors.
“To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt, to mature and bring to fruition an identity that can put its arm, not only around the afflicted one within but also around the memories seared within us by the original blow and through a kind of psychological virtuosity, extend our understanding to one who first delivered it.”
– from Consolations
by David Whyte