My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic and relational, with an emphasis on how relationships, personal and professional, are important in an individual's life. I believe a client's feelings, self-image, and relationships with others contribute to both psychological strengths and problems. I use a client's current and past life experiences to guide our discussions as we move toward positive change. I also use cognitive-behavioral techniques (thinking and acting), mindfulness, and ACT, among other techniques, to help clients recognize and deal with problems such as negative self-talk, anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression and to move through those problems toward positive change. I believe that my role as a therapist is to help clarify problematic patterns of interaction, feelings, thoughts, and behavior that keep a person from living fully and to help that person change those patterns to develop a healthy self-image and happy, fulfilling relationships. I believe that therapy is an individual's work on his or her own life. My focus as a therapist is to empower individuals to make their own decisions about what they want to change and how they want to live their lives and to help them achieve those goals.