Do you feel stressed, disconnected and frantic, trying even harder to do more of the same? Are you overwhelmed and discouraged? Have the changes in the economy impacted you? Do you hope for something different to make a difference?
As a partner in a relationship, are you running a pattern of stress, unhappiness and disappointment and have tried to make a difference for yourself? Is hope for change almost an impossible concept? Do you know what you’d like to see in a relationship? Perhaps more intimacy, support and understanding? To have more balance in a relationship? To maintain a sense of self while connected to another?
As a therapist I value an integrated approach to working with people, an approach that endeavors to integrate the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical aspects of what it means to be human.
My approach is sensitive to and affirming of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and people’s unique spirituality and desire and need for meaningful relationships and connections.
I offer my services with the benefit of having helped many others. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist with more than 10 years of counseling experience. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit and the power of the human mind.
Whether you are interested in relationship skills, stress reduction, grief or trauma relief, or help with some challenging life issue. Clients often find our sessions together to be helpful to them immediately. No matter the matter - depression, anxiety, grief, relationship & couple issues, and/or family & parenting issues.
WHAT IS GESTALT?
Gestalt therapy is a complex psychological system that stresses the development of client self-awareness and personal responsibility.
The goal of Gestalt therapy is to raise clients’ awareness regarding how they function in their environment (with family, at work, school, friends). The focus of therapy is more on what is happening (the moment-to-moment process) than what is being discussed (the content).
Awareness is being alert to what are the most important events in clients’ lives and their environment with full sensorimotor, emotional, cognitive, and energy support. Support is defined as anything that makes contact with or withdrawal from with the environment possible, including energy, body support, breathing, information, concern for others, and language, for example.
In therapy, clients become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they change themselves, and at the same time, learn to accept and value themselves. Individuals, according to this approach, define, develop, and learn about themselves in relationship to others, and that they are constantly changing.
Gestalt therapy is “unpredictable” in that the therapist and client follow moment-to-moment experience and neither knows exactly where this will take them. Gestalt therapy is complex and intuitive, but it is based on the following principles:
- Holistic: Gestalt therapy takes into account the whole person including thoughts, feelings, behavior, body sensations, and dreams. The focus is on integration, that is, how the many parts of the person fit together, and how the client makes contact (interacts) with the environment.