Founded oN an Ethics of Care

Our practice rests on a belief that the human condition is one of connectedness and interdependence. Through this lens we see the need for our daily practice to be embodied, oriented toward social justice and tending to our natural concerns of abandonment and oppression.

We believe the work we do as individuals, couples and families is essential to our collective work of healing our world. 

We support you in finding connection with yourself and others. We do this by making space for your unique voice, and sometimes helping you find it or find safety in using it.  We also work (both in the therapy room and in our lives outside) to deconstruct and dismantle the systems that keep others from connecting, hearing and respecting you.

We open our services and our hearts to everyone, especially those who have felt themselves marginalized or outcast by the very systems (families, religions, cultures, etc) that should have held them close.

I’ve found that if I say what I’m really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel. The conversation becomes a real conversation.
— Carol Gilligan

So what does that mean?

Examples of How Therapy Can Feel 

Identifying the basics of what you need in a therapeutic relationship can help you find the right fit and ultimately, help you meet your goals. Consider the two examples below.

Mediocre Therapy

Imagine sitting in your therapist’s office gathering the courage to share and reflect. Imagine the therapist nodding at the predictable times and occasionally asking a clarifying question or two. Imagine yourself coming week after week, with little change on behalf of the therapist, and, more notably, little change in you.

As one of our clients put it, “Imagine if I wanted to talk to a wall. I could do that at home—for free—and get just as much benefit.”

Life Changing Therapy 

Now, imagine sitting in your therapist’s office gathering the courage to share and reflect.

Imagine the therapist listening to your every word—spoken and unspoken—and regularly asking questions to clarify, challenge, and wonder aloud.

Imagine the therapist both holding space for you and sharing that space with you.

Imagine yourself coming week after week, noticing changes and movement in yourself, and coming back because you like what’s shifting in you.

Or, as one of our clients described, “I never imagined I would have an actual relationship and connection with my therapist. I feel like you’re a real person.”

Therapy is not a passive endeavor. For either of us.

In our work, therapy is a client-centered process that requires us both to actively engage with our most authentic selves. We are present with you to bear witness, offer clinical guidance, and provide support.

Within that shared presence, we develop a therapeutic relationship that allows us to observe our interactions in a safe way and to leverage change in undesirable thought patterns or behaviors.

If you find this style resonates with you, consider setting up an initial phone consult or scheduling a first appointment.