Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken objects together with gold, making them stronger and more beautiful; Human nature is inherently accompanied by contradiction, and it takes a lot of courage to be honest with yourself and seek help around this. Your personal desires likely conflict at times with what is expected by your family, career and/or community. There may be a discrepancy around who you understand yourself to be, your diagnosis and how others perceive you. Between a child's desire to explore and their want to please their parents or teachers; between freedom and commitment. All of this is actually completely normal, but can be difficult to understand or tolerate, especially in a society where so much emphasis is placed on looking good.
Understandably, this can often lead to feelings of resentment, inadequacy, depression and anxiety; as well as troubling habits and behaviors and difficulty forming and maintaining relationships. Using a collaborative and relational approach, my goal is to help understand and manage these conflicts in a way that feels fulfilling to the individual, couple or family. This requires patience, compassion, curiosity and most importantly the client's active participation in understanding their history and current functioning, and creating and maintaining healthier habits and relationships.
I have experience working with individual, couple, community, family and complex issues ranging from children in residential treatment, to survivors of traumatic events and relationships, to elderly clients struggling with overcoming chronic illness and pain. I can guarantee a genuine presence and curiosity towards your experience, and the use of what I have learned to help identify new ways of understanding and possibilities for action moving forward. Together we can move towards a better understanding of the paradoxes at play and how to utilize various techniques and skills to help create a cohesive life narrative and more satisfying relationship with the self and outside world.