Relationships help us grow.

Most people have experienced some sort of trauma in the course of their lives. Traumatic experiences are subjective—what one person perceives as traumatic is not necessarily the same as another. As a result there is a very broad range of what we consider trauma, as well as how we treat it in therapy. Overall what we know is that trauma negatively impacts our relationships—the very relationships we need to heal from what we’ve been through. The clinicians in our practice are versed in trauma-focused interventions to help you connect with yourself and other people to help the healing begin. 

We believe that mental health is linked to our experiences with relationships—as part of a complex matrix composed of self-concept, attachments to others, and interpersonal interactions, all shaped by our earliest caregiving environments. Personal growth in therapy occurs through the exploration of past relationship patterns within a uniquely supportive context that can serve as a new model for relating to yourself and others, and a new way of understanding your symptoms.

In essence, therapy involves reconstructing personal experience in a way that helps individuals move towards accepting all parts of themselves, both “good” and “bad.” We address the inherent urge humans have to construct a meaningful personal narrative from their experiences. Because we become who we are through relationships, discussing interactions and the meaning of others’ perceptions of us is an important focus of psychotherapy.

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“My goal is to create a secure relationship where you can feel understood and valued and better understand yourself through our work together.”


“Therapy provides the space to recognize and work through the old stories and unintegrated experiences that may be running our lives and limiting our choices.”

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“Ideally, a combination of future and past focus in therapy helps pave the way for a more authentic version of your self to emerge.”


“It's not the trauma that forms us but how we respond to it. Collaboratively we can build resiliency to navigate life's challenges.”