Existential Integrative Therapy
Practicing Existential Integrative Psychotherapy means I look for and recognize my client's strengths and resources without ignoring or minimizing their pain and real life challenges. Irvin Yalom described Existential Psychotherapy as dynamic because humans often experience conflicting forces between how they feel, think, and behave. I also draw interventions from several other approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Positive Psychology Therapy, and Mindfulness.
My desire is for you to leave therapy sessions with a clearer internal sense of how to live based on what is most meaningful to you instead of allowing external events and people to determine that for you. Life is rarely static and the meaning we derive at each stage of our life is continually being recreated. As your therapist, I will act as a guide, process consultant, and fellow traveler on your personal discovery of meaning. I believe that people have the capacity for self-reflection and have both the ability and responsibility to make rational choices to improve their lives. Anxiety is a normal part of being alive and it often accompanies change requiring us to be creative and courageous in our quest for meaning.
I work with individuals within the context of their relationships and community. Although we all enter this life alone and leave it the same way, while here, humans are wired to seek and live in community with others. Belonging is only possible through self sacrifice, love, acceptance, and tolerance. Often anxiety, shame, apathy, and resentment keep us stuck in isolation and loneliness so we miss the life-enhancing experiences of inclusion, presence, authenticity, and belonging.