It can be difficult to ask for help, and starting therapy requires courage, as you consider discussing the problems and issues which may be causing suffering in your life. It is not uncommon to experience anxiety just at the thought of going to a therapist’s office for the first time. A respectful environment where your inner strength and your unique journey are appreciated, along with an accepting attitude from your therapist, is a necessary foundation. From this, the relationship with your therapist is built and as you work collaboratively, you can find new ways to overcome your difficulties and grow in your life.
There are many therapeutic approaches and different orientations used by various therapists, which can be confusing as you are considering which therapist to see, but what they all have in common is finding solutions to help you overcome your problems.
I draw primarily on principles of psychodynamic therapy (which looks at repetitive patterns and relationships which may be based on early relationships, and how understanding these as well as relating to your therapist can lead to change); and on cognitive-behavioral principles (which refers to the habits of thought and expectations that can be examined, and changed, which leads to a less problematic life, at least with the things you can control). In addition, a transpersonal and integral approach, which includes a spiritual belief or a view of life that there is a greater meaning beyond that of an individual, also informs my work.