THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

Adult behaviors, relational patterns and the beliefs we have developed about ourselves and others often have their roots in early childhood experiences. By fully examining our experience in the past and present, we can come to understand ourselves more deeply and empower ourselves to make informed choice that can lead to positive change. Given that we all live in relationship to other people---our friends, families, co-worker, and communities---I pay attention to the roles that people take on in the various arenas of their lives and help people understand how these roles contribute to their overall sense of identity. Most symptoms are adaptive. There are usually very good reasons why people operate in that ways that may not make sense to themselves or others. I work with my clients to deepen their understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Over the course of treatment, this collaborative process can lead to positive change and self-growth. My theoretical orientation derives from an integration of psychodynamic, systems, and group- relations approaches.