My Approach


I offer a psychodynamic approach to therapy. What does that mean? There’s a lot of information out there, so let me try to break it down as simply as I can!

A psychodynamic approach to therapy:

  • Recognizes you as a complex individual with a multitude of feelings, motivations, hopes, and   fears .

  • Knows that that multitude of complex feelings, motivations, hopes, and fears can be overwhelming at times, hard to sort through, or make sense of—especially when they feel conflictual or unknowable.

  • Knows that all human growth happens in relationships. A safe, solid relationship can create a   “relational home” to draw out those complexities and help you develop a deeper understanding  of yourself, your feelings, your relationships, your motivations, your fears, and your hopes.

  • Suggests that when you know yourself better, you have more choices in how you behave, both with yourself and with other people.

  • Honors your pain and suffering. Sometimes the past doesn’t stay in the past. Many of us—   maybe all of us— have hurts, embarrassments, losses, and traumas in our lives. Those can stick   with us in ways we’re not consciously aware of, causing repeated patterns of relationship problems, depression, anxiety, self-sabotage, and self-destructive behaviors.

  • Makes a place for you. In the therapeutic relationship we develop, we make a place for us to  heal those former hurts, transform ancient shame, grieve losses and “never-was” situations, and  lay traumas to rest. By doing this, we open up more possibilities for you to move forward.  A psychodynamic approach to therapy helps transform your ghosts into ancestors.

Above all, a psychodynamic approach to therapy honors you as an individual. We don’t try to force you into a diagnostic box or make you fit a treatment protocol. Rather, when we work together, we will endeavor to get to know you thoroughly, in all your complexity. I want to know about your problems, sorrows, and rages, and also about your triumphs and joys. As we go, we will collaborate to determine a course of treatment that can be adaptable enough to change with you as you grow and change through the therapeutic process.