What I love about being a therapist is witnessing the ways in which my clients come to untangle their emotional lives and allow a sense of clarity and confidence to grow within themselves. My focus is to help clients process their thoughts and feelings, so their minds can start to work for them rather than against them.
It is natural to feel that we must constantly fight against ourselves, be it our depression, anxiety, unhealthy habits, unwanted memories, or the parts of us that sabotage our most important relationships. It is a fight we often take up by ourselves. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes the constant battle only makes things worse. I see therapy as an opportunity to take a step back and give our minds some space to breathe. What I have found repeatedly is that when clients give themselves this much needed space and come to trust the therapeutic process, the fighting starts to become unnecessary, and a renewed sense of personal integrity takes its place.
To facilitate this process of healing, I draw primarily from the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions, which emphasize the establishment of a trusting, nonjudgmental relationship between the therapist and the client. I also utilize EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and mindfulness meditation to further deepen a client’s processing, particularly when there is emotional trauma from his or her past. With couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples heal and deepen their bonds to one another.
In my personal life, I spend most of my time with my loving wife and our precious little daughter in Encinitas. I enjoy practicing martial arts and gardening in my backyard.