About Me

Becoming a therapist was the weaving together of many things I have done in my life.  It’s my nature to be eclectic.  I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ for any aspect of life.  I do believe that emotional intelligence is as important as any other kind of intelligence.

I have always had spiritual yearnings without being attached to a specific religion.  In college I studied both philosophy and religion.  To me, there is the finest of bright lines between the two fields.  Some of our deepest personal experiences can’t be, and don’t need to be, explained in any reasonable way.

Then, discovering that degrees in philosophy and religion don’t lead directly to a career, I went on to get a Master’s in Education.

Philosophy is about how the mind works, and so teaching elementary school was a natural extension in the exploration of young minds.  During my teaching years I spent a lot of time observing the impact of early emotional relationships.  From family interactions to societal messages from the world around us, we carry a lot of what we learned in early life into our adulthood.

Returning to childhood experiences as an adult is part of the journey of psychodynamic therapy.  Reframing the perceptions we constructed from our childhood is part of narrative therapy.  Finding our place in the larger context of life is part of existential therapy.  To gain skill in these techniques, I went back to school to get a Master’s degree in Professional Psychology, a prerequisite to becoming a therapist.

I feel therapy offers the remarkable opportunity to review the past and identify the origins of old patterns.  Learning to stay in the present while holding an awareness of the past allows recognition that some of the old patterns are no longer a good fit.  Learning to resist the pull of old patterns, while replacing them with a fresh new approach, builds a sense of freedom and competence.

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