It is magical thinking to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome. Often this is what we do in our relationships with partners, children, family, friends, and ourselves. Therapy is like pushing a pause button on what isn’t working well–a pause to examine the thought patterns and behaviors that may be keeping us from a more satisfying life. Therapy is a unique way to search for a kinder way to view yourself and to build on that to improve your relationships. This means I meet you where you are and we collaboratively map a path forward. Like any road trip, there will be wonderful vistas, stretches of boring road, a flat tire, and an amazing realization that this trip was what you needed. We are never the same after a visit. We know something new about ourselves, how strong we are, how vulnerable we’ve been, and the grace that we can offer to ourselves.
You are the expert of your life. I am curious about what you have done that has worked and will build on those strengths to make a difference. I believe that unconditional regard, being non-judgmental, and maintaining a client-centered eclectic approach establish a helpful relationship where positive change will occur.
For the last twenty years, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families, who experienced trauma, divorce and its disruption to life; addiction issues, domestic violence, and its effects on relationships. My work also included counseling for anxiety, depression, and men who wanted to be more self-aware.
I grew up in California and the Mountain West and recently relocated to Maryland to be with the love of my life. I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University in Oakland California and I’m a licensed graduate professional counselor in Maryland.
I look forward to meeting with you.