"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change"
Welcome! I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 9 years experience, specializing in working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. The first thing I usually say to people I first meet is that it is important to find the right therapist for you. I have outlined some of the core assumptions that guide my way of working here, so that you can get a feel for who I am before deciding if you would like to arrange a meeting.
1) The most important factor in determining the outcome of therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist. This is about competence, but more importantly about fit.
2) Everybody is unique, and brings something different to therapy. There is no one size fits all approach.
3) Behavior always makes sense if it is put into context. More often than not, depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties etc are a response to a person's experiences.
4) All behavior is communication. Sometimes we develop behaviors as a way of communicating our deepest needs when we don't know how else to communicate them.
5) Emotions only become a problem when we ignore them. Talking about them and eliciting support from the social environment are vital to the human condition.
6) We experience ourselves in relation to others. Our sense of self develops from us seeing other people perceiving us. Sometimes shifting our behaviors slightly can elicit a different response from others, and change the way we see ourselves.
7) The most significant and lasting changes are often slow and subtle. Celebrating the small victories is important.
8) As a therapist, I see myself as a person and a professional. I am warm and humanitarian, and value each story that I get to share.
Therapy can be an enriching experience no matter where you're at on the road of life. Whether there is a specific problem you want to tackle, or looking to enhance your sense of self-actualization, therapy can offer you the space to discover your best self. If you have any questions,or are uncertain about whether therapy is for you, please feel free to click on the link below and send me an obligation-free message.