I approach psychotherapy with the perspective that much of our distress arises from "survival strategies" that have, to some degree, run amok. When we adopted these strategies, usually when we were young, they were useful, and often necessary, adaptations towards dealing with situations that felt overwhelming or life-threatening. In our current lives, however, these strategies can become maladaptive or even destructive. With that perspective in mind, I try to establish a therapeutic relationship imbued with an acceptance and curiosity that is at the same time deeply compassionate. My intent is to create an environment of felt safety where I can work with clients to look at the problem areas in their lives in a way that gives them the best chance to find their path to a healthier and more fulfilling life.