I work primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, which means that I believe that symptoms and counter-productive behaviors often stem from beliefs and feelings about which we may not be fully aware. These unconscious influences can interfere with attempts to change. I also believe that many of the issues that are causing difficulty today once served an adaptive purpose. A trusting therapeutic relationship can help you understand the role that these patterns once played and the ways they are impacting your life today. Therapy can help you relinquish these no-longer needed patterns and help you develop new ways of responding to life's inevitable adversities.
While my approach is primarily psychodynamic, I also incorporate other perspectives. These include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed practices. Depending on your needs, therapy can be either short-term or longer-term. Short-term therapy is usually aimed at relieving symptoms, coping with stressful situations or adjusting to life changes. Longer-term therapy usually addresses more long-standing issues. These can include the after-effects of trauma, PTSD, recurrent depression, difficulties relating to others and low self-esteem. Psychotherapy can lead to improvements in self-esteem, more resilience to stress, and an increased sense of agency in one’s life.