I work from an approach called Integral Psychology or Psychotherapy. This approach draws on many other approaches and theories with the goal of meeting you where you are at in your life. A component of the work will be understanding and working with the Integral approach. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the work. Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship (the relationship that develops between counselor and client) is the most powerful force of change in clients’ lives. The Integral Psychotherapy perspective takes into account the many different dimensions of our existence; biological/behavioral/genetics, emotions and self-perception, significant relationships, and family, impacts and effects of culture and sub-culture, personality, development of capacities, aptitudes and skills, personality type....just to name a few. In integral psychotherapy, the state of these different dimensions of your existence is identified through the therapy experience. The identification of these dimensions will lead to a plan addressing your specific concerns and issues that are "tailored” to your uniquity.
I take a complex, multi-faceted approach to couples and relationship therapy. Fundamentally, I see romantic-sexual relationships as crucibles of working out deep emotional challenges and needs. This is often not easy work, and many assumptions, ideals and myths that create expectations must be addressed first. As an polyamorous informed and aware therapist, I work with couples, throuples, and other relationship structures. Fundamentally, I follow an initial four session relationship evaluation approach. The four-session approach allows for a detailed assessment and evaluation of relationship dynamics. I follow this with two to four sessions on the fundamentals of conflict management. After these initial six to eight sessions, a clear path usually emerges and points us to deeper work around specific themes and challenges.
I am a passionate believer in the power of group therapy. Group therapy can be anxiety provoking in a very growth-oriented way. By working with anxiety in the structured context of group therapy, positive impact can be made on feeling more comfortable and centered in oneself. I offer four different group “tracks” with special topics within each track. Each special topic group runs for four to 12 sessions. You can participate in one special topic group, or engage in several topics within a specific track.. and even jump to different tracks, if it suits you! Check back to this page often for updates on start dates and topics. Groups are open to current individual and relationship clients, and also those that are not currently working with me in individual or relationship therapy. If not currently working with me individually, I will need to meet with you for an initial consultation and brief assessment.
– Exploring our masculine identities and processes to open doors to new ways of being men.
– special topics addressing challenges and growth around addictive behaviors.
– groups addressing positive growth process.