Anyone can give advice. In my experience, clients come to therapy looking for something they cannot get anywhere else. Working with individuals means developing a real relationship. It’s critical because we heal wounds through relationships—not in isolation. What therapists do is respond correctively, in a way that resolves, rather than repeats, the client’s original trauma.
I believe change happens in two ways: first when clients are able to develop a cognitive understanding of their presenting problems, and finally, when they are able to shift their emotional responses to be more effective.
Throughout the therapeutic process, I engage my clients in an ongoing dialog about their experience of the therapy. I directly ask them to describe what they enjoy, what they dislike, and how we can continue collaborating to make the treatment as effective as possible.
Fees: $225-250 per session
Most LGBTQ-identified individuals spend a significant portion of their lives living in secrecy, isolation and shame. As a result, they don't experience the empathic attunement and mirroring that we all need to feel whole. Yet many LGBTQ folks, having never had their needs met, struggle to grasp the their desire for these experiences all together. After all, how can you know that you need and crave something if you have never truly experienced in the first place? How does one know they need mirroring and idealizing experiences to feel fully happy and content if they have never experienced them so far in their life experience? Luckily, finding new relationships can dramatically shift one’s sense of self, leading to greater self acceptance and self cohesion.
There is so much more to addiction that the substance being used. The brain is primed for addiction long before most addicts pick up a drink or a drug (or begin to eat or have sex dysfunctionally for that matter). Addictions don't just happen. Many addicts come from backgrounds of of trauma. They are disinclined to be vulnerable, to talk about their feelings or share themselves truthfully with others.Most believe that addiction is chronic and not curative. But that doesn’t mean that great progress can’t be made.