Therapeutic Approach

Much of my clinical experience has been supporting those wanting to address relationship issues, and this is largely informed by my training in attachment theory, emotion-focused therapy and Buddhist psychology. Whether I am working with an individual, couple or family, it is my belief that there is nothing more important than our relationships. We all want to love and be loved, and to love, we must have understanding and compassion for ourselves and others.

Whether we are in a relationship or single, our emotions provide valuable information about who we are, what is important to us, and what we need. Sometimes there may be feelings that are too difficult for us to connect with within ourselves let alone share with others, and we can subsequently get stuck in negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. In my experience personally and professionally, attachment theory and the teachings and practices embedded in Buddhist psychology are invaluable in developing greater awareness, understanding and a more meaningful sense and experience of love. In caring for ourselves and others, it is a fine balance between tending to the range of human experience, both pleasant and unpleasant, and actively cultivating such positive social-emotional qualities as generosity, loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

This is just a glimpse into my thinking about relationships and how I support my clients. Having worked and trained in the helping profession over the past two decades, I am able to draw on many different therapeutic approaches to meet the diversity of my clients’ needs. The best way to get a sense of whether or not we will be a good fit is for us to talk and/or meet. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the process of therapy, my therapeutic approach or background.

 

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