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Relational Therapy

Relational Therapy is a powerful and effective and means of working with a wide range of human suffering.

How does it work? 

We'll sit together in a relaxed, safe space, and you'll share what has brought you to therapy. All parts of you are welcome. I'll listen carefully and without judgment. I'll help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings, and together, we'll look at what things mean to you and what patterns are occurring in your life. 

What we talk about, how deep or fast we go, will be entirely up to you. I empower clients to trust themselves, to start listening more deeply to their moment to moment needs.

Together, we'll explore where things feel stuck. We may visit old stories, unpack current concerns, or imagine a preferred future. All the while keeping an eye out for the relational, meaning what it feels like for you to be in relationships with others and how you relate to yourself. We may also look to earlier relationships growing up to have a sense of what experiences and expectations were. My job as an individual therapist is to help you navigate your story. To help you find clarity, resourcefulness, resilience, and ease.  

As for couples therapy, the same applies. I'll listen to each of you individually in the ways I've mentioned, and also create a space where you can hear one another in new ways.  We'll slow down and look at the cycles happening between you, and what's going on inside each of you individually when things get tough. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidenced-based approach that looks at when we feel both safe and scared in our love relationships, and offers a map so that distressed couples can find their way back to each other. My job as a couples therapist is to help you cultivate a stronger bond through deeper listening, trust and understanding. 

Giving yourself the time and space to be heard, to sit with someone who is truly listening, can help you feel more integrated and capable.  I have the utmost respect for my clients stories and the pieces of their lives they're willing to share with me. It would be a privilege to accompany you through whatever stories are unfolding in your life.

My areas of focus include (but are not limited to):

▪︎ Anxiety

▪︎ Depression

▪︎ Developmental Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

▪︎ Bipolar Disorder

▪︎ Borderline Personality Disorder

▪︎ Shame and Self-Esteem Issues

▪︎ Grief, Bereavement, Complex and Disenfranchised Loss

▪︎ Family Complexity and Estrangement

▪︎ Parenting Issues and Psychoeducation

▪︎ Relationship Challenges

▪︎ Infertility and IVF

▪︎ Suicidality and Self-Harm

▪︎ Substance Use and Process Disorders

▪︎ Eating Disorders

▪︎ Racial, Cultural and Identity Issues