Thank you for taking the time to read my bio. Finding the right therapist to address your unique needs is an important step on your current journey. I hope this outline of my approach to therapy will help you in making an informed decision.
I believe that a sense of connection and belonging is fundamental to human wellbeing.
Meaningful connection in therapy, based in trust, is likewise vital in creating an environment where important change and growth can occur. Trust, however, is not a given and has to be earned. I approach the work of therapy in a genuine, non-judgmental, compassionate and transparent manner.
My work is collaborative in nature, as I believe that people are the experts in their own lives. Through therapeutic conversations, together we gain insights, explore possibilities for a better future and set goals for our work together.
I have worked extensively with families, adolescents and adults, mothers and infants. I have experience as a Guardian Ad Litem and have represented children in court. I have training and experience in many modes of therapy including Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioral and Narrative. I have a particular affinity for Narrative Therapy, which is best understood through the words of its founder, the late Michael White:
‘My lifelong fascination with maps has led me to look at them as a metaphor for my work with people who consult me about a range of concerns, dilemmas and problems. When we sit down together I know that we are embarking on a journey to a destination that cannot be precisely specified, and via routes that cannot be predetermined. I know that we will probably take some extraordinary scenic routes to these unknown destinations. I know that as we approach these destinations we will be stepping into other worlds of experience. And I know that the adventures to be had on these journeys are not about confirmation of what is already known, but about expeditions into what is possible.’
White, M (2007) Maps of Narrative Practice
In addition to my formal training, I bring a wealth of life experience to my work, which affords me additional insights. I have come to understand that a sense of empowerment and finding ones own voice is central to healing.
My areas of interest and expertise include:-
- Physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (Birth – 5 yrs)
- Relational and family issues – divorce, couples therapy, children, adolescents, adoption. Court involved children and teens.
- School related issues – ADHD, bullying.
- LGBTQ issues.
- Anxiety – adjustment to new situations, social phobia, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, coping with stressors.
- Fertility issues.
- Depression – Grief and loss, sadness, dysthymia, suicidal ideation, self harm, Bi-polar disorder.
- Crisis assessment and intervention.
* University of Wales, Aberystwyth, BSc(Econ)
* University of Wales, Cardiff, SRN
* Antioch University New England, MA (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.