My Approach to Therapy
I am a trauma-informed psychotherapist specializing in sandtray therapy, which is a form of play therapy that can be used with individuals of all ages, and has been shown to be very effective for a variety of issues and challenges, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, family conflict, relationship issues, and major life events and transitions. Sandtray therapy is an alternative way to express yourself using sand and a variety of figures, and can be a profound and healing adjunct to talk therapy. Many report that sandtray therapy allows them to go deeper into their inner world, brings forth new insights, and helps them to better understand the problems that bring them to therapy. Many of my clients also find that sandtray therapy helps them to process challenging experiences and traumatic events, to work through unresolved feelings and conflicts, and to clarify wants and needs.
Whether we're engaging in talk or sandtray therapy, my primary approach is person-centered, as you are the expert on your life. Throughout the course of therapy, we will work in tandem, combining your self-knowledge and my years of training and experience. The beginning of therapy will primarily focus on getting to know you, and building a relationship in which you feel safe. We will go at your pace, and I will meet you where you are at each and every time we meet. As I get to know you and become more attuned to your needs, I may integrate other therapeutic techniques and approaches, depending on what you find helpful. This may include psychoeducation, bibliotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, collaborative therapy, internal family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My work is also informed by neuroscience, polyvagal theory, attachment theory, and family systems theory.