As a licensed psychotherapist, I enjoy supporting people as they find creative ways to live in alignment with their whole selves – body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Clients I work with tend to start therapy with one or more of the following complaints:
- difficulty navigating intimate relationships
- outward appearances of success yet inward feelings of emptiness
- difficulty identifying feelings, needs, desires, ambitions
- depression, anxiety, or both
- chronic feelings of overwhelm or dysregulation
- low self-esteem and shame
- eco-anxiety and despair about the state of the world
- burnout, exhaustion, compassion fatigue
- chronic pain and illness
- obsessive, compulsive, or addictive behaviors
- difficulty managing stress
- difficulty navigating a transition or making an important life decision
- grief and other difficult feelings regarding a loss
With a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship as the foundation of my work with clients, I draw from a variety of treatment approaches, including the relational, experiential, somatic, trauma-focused, and mindfulness-based therapies. My approach is equally informed by evidence-based practices (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Exposure Therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Harm Reduction Therapy) as it is by my intuitive understanding of what a client is needing based on many years of experience – and it is always a collaborative process that is tailored to each client’s unique growth process.
The overarching goals of psychotherapy are to heal the divisions created in the mind and to experience one’s self differently. Clients have reported the following changes in the course of our work together:
- deepened self awareness
- improved quality of relationships
- resiliency in the face of adversity and change
- clearer understanding of life purpose
- the feeling of being ‘in the driver’s seat’ again
- greater self-compassion and compassion for others
- the feeling of being ‘settled’ inside
- greater access to creativity
- stronger ability to make conscious behavioral choices
- living well with pain
- recovering from chronic depression and anxiety
In addition to therapy in my office, I also offer nature-based therapy sessions – sometimes called ‘ecotherapy’ – in natural places around the Bay. Please inquire about this type of work.
To learn about my training and who I am, click About Shane.
If you would like to work with me, please contact me by phone or email to setup a free initial phone consultation.