I view the therapy process through the lens of the attachment theory. This framework allows us to explore in therapy the bigger picture of patterns in interpersonal relationships; personality adaptations; perceptions of self, others and the world. At the same time, it allows me to bring in such specific therapeutic modalities as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Polyvagal-informed practices. I value and continue to pursue training in a variety of modalities; however, I believe that what makes the biggest difference in therapy is the ability of the therapist to be fully present in the session and attuned to the client.
I work with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, personality adaptations (for example, avoidant, borderline, narcissistic), interpersonal relationships, traumatic experiences. I also support couples who are working to overcome marital conflict, parenting issues, and to simply grow their relationship. Being part of the practice supervised by a Clinical Psychologist, I am also able to offer psychological assessments.
While I believe that different therapeutic modalities are instrumental in helping people develop better coping skills, I also strongly believe that enjoying sound mental health greatly depends on how well we are able to build interpersonal relationships that foster our sense of self worth and promote personal balance and growth. It can be liberating to become aware of the fact that we formed our patterns of relationships at the time when our coping options may have been limited. Awareness provides the freedom to choose whether to keep these patterns of relationships or work to develop new ones that may better affirm our sense of self.
I am fascinated by human resilience and how it can help us overcome challenging life experiences and turn them into opportunities for healing, spiritual growth, and becoming a better person. I am also convinced that we have what we need for healing within us, and the role of the therapist is to help us connect with this healing part of ourselves and bring forward this ingrained knowledge. I also believe that mind-body connection is a profound resource for cultivating health which can be tapped into by learning to feel safe in and appreciate one’s body.