Unexpressed emotions will never die.  They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.   ~Sigmund Freud

My treatment approach is informed by Self Psychology & Relational Psychotherapy, Trauma Theory, and Attachment Theory.  I strive to provide a safe, dependable, and compassionate space for my clients--both children and adults--to be able to express their feelings and inner experience through play and/or talk therapy.  I believe it is within sensitive and attuned relationships where the most healing can occur; in this way, the therapeutic relationship that is co-created can become a powerful vehicle for greater understanding, repair, and change.   

The language of play is most natural for children.  Children can express their feelings, thoughts, expectations, and inner experience through playing within a therapeutic process.  With older children, therapy includes individual sessions with the child and separate parent guidance sessions.  With younger children, therapy often includes the child and the parents in sessions together.  I believe that parents are an integral part of their child's therapy process and I work to create a partnership with parents in understanding their child's internal world more fully.

With adults, the therapeutic relationship can be utilized as a platform to explore one's automatic ways of relating with others and as an opportunity to better understand the origin of these relational patterns.  Oftentimes, earlier relational trauma is exerting its impact on present day experiences.  Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, relational ruptures and patterns can be looked at, talked about, and repaired through empathic understanding and greater self-awareness.   

The empathic understanding of the experience of other human beings is as basic an endowment of man as his vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. 
~Heinz Kohut