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About Therapy

My approach to therapy boils down to two ideas:

First, we are all innately wired to heal and grow find our way.

Second, our capacities to know what is right about us and for us emerge when we feel secure.

However, things get complicated. Life experiences too often cause us not to feel secure. This puts us into various versions of survival mode and constricts our ways of knowing ourselves and the world.

A solid therapeutic relationship will help you re-balance and expand your ways of knowing.

 

 

 

This means balancing the knowing that comes from both emotions and from thoughts.

This also means untangling what’s more about the past from the realities of the present.

It involves taking in care and support that feels right and asserting what doesn’t.

As you get more clarity about what is right for you, in a “synced” way that feels aligned to your whole being, the world feels clearer. Many people feel more alive and capable.

It becomes more natural to bring your true self into your relationships and the world.

“The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it.”

– Jim Harrison

About Liza

I am a licensed clinical social worker with degrees from the University of Chicago and Kenyon College.  I am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor by the AEDP Institute in New York, New York.  While the primary style of therapy I practice is AEDP, I’m trained in other approaches including relational psychodynamic theory, somatic approaches and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as various models of equine assisted therapy & learning. 

I have deep respect for your confidentiality, listen carefully and approach our relationship with warmth, genuineness and clarity about our shared commitment to your goals for change.

As you tell me about what is going on in your life, a new experience is created. I will frequently ask to slow us down. I’ll invite you feel and notice what might be occurring to you. By focusing on our experience in the moment, we can avoid re-hashing thoughts about problems that tend to run like old scripts, keeping us “in our heads” and stuck.   This often leads to new capacities to feel a broader range of emotions, and to hear the wisdom they hold.

As previously overwhelming emotions associated with trauma are processed in a way that facilitates corrective emotional and relational experiences, positive change unfolds. We’ll focus on the experiences associated with healing and what feels “right” to take advantage of our brain’s brilliant capacity for neuroplasticity.  This facilitates lasting change for the better.