Change is inevitable in life. My work as a counselor helps you make positive changes in your life and understand any barriers to making progress.
Oftentimes, a precursor to change is strife, difficulty, and confusion about what we truly want. Discerning what we desire – what fills us with vitality- is the work of psychotherapy. It can be difficult to know what we want if we’re stuck in habits, relationships, or patterns that no longer serve us or exist only to help us numb ourselves. Our minds crave novelty, but they also desire stability. But when stability turns to rigidity turns to stagnation – it becomes time for compassionate self-examination.
The work of therapy is both present and past. We must gently attempt to answer the question of “How did I find myself here?” There’s no shame in asking for help or inspecting the past for clues. Oftentimes, the roots of our problems run deep into our childhoods, our families, our cultures. Our problems feel personal, but their causes are often systemic. Psychotherapy helps us discern what legacy we want to continue and what inheritance we want to leave behind us.
While exploring the past, we inevitably alter the present. Sitting in therapy with uncomfortable memories, thoughts, and feelings is courageous and a healthy way to take risks. Through practice, we will seek to make this seed of courage grow into a strong tree. Counseling with me is an effort to make life a flourishing endeavor.
Being in close relationships with other humans is both joyful and complicated. Pleasure and happiness can be amplified by intimacy, but closeness can also intensify our inadequacies and bring us face-to-face with our most challenging emotions: anger, fear, and frustration.
My work as a couples therapist helps you understand your relationship dynamic and build healthier, more satisfying companionship.
In many ways, couples therapy can help clients more quickly than individual therapy. The benefit of having our partner in the room during therapy is there are two simultaneous versions of us present: the version that we believe ourselves to be and the version our partner believes us to be. Both sides of ourselves reveal important clues about what’s happening in our relationship that is creating difficulty.
Couples therapy is not about finding fault and blame – it is about deconstructing barriers to trust, kindness, and playfulness. As a couples therapist, my work is to be a steady ally to all members of a relationship and hold a space for compassionate conversation.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and my practice is in South Central Austin.