Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Research consistently shows that the client-therapist relationship is the most important factor in determining successful therapy outcomes. This makes sense, given that therapy is an intimate relationship in which clients share highly personal information, often about what's not going well in their life, or things they don't like about themselves. A therapist is alternately a confidante, guide, good parent, and fellow human as they relate to clients. It's important to feel safe and that you can depend on your therapist to maintain good boundaries and be nonjudgmental as you share your story. Clients can expect that I'll be responsive, warm, accepting, respectful and mindful of your need to be nurtured even as you're challenged to grow.
What Makes up a Problem?
The roots of mental health concerns and 'disorders' are varied. Often a combination of genetics, biology, inborn temperament and life experiences make us vulnerable to mental or emotional problems. Both inherited tendencies and the environment we grow up in play an important role in how resilient we are, and how we react to life’s stressors. As humans we depend on others to nurture, protect and love us. The experiences we have in relationships influence how we develop and learn to cope. I work with clients to uncover the multiple roots of their problems, and the many ways they can learn to overcome them.