Change for the Better

How Therapy Works

We are all innately wired with the potential to heal and find our way in life, but sometimes what happens to us overwhelms our capacity to cope. Often, the same symptoms that bring us into therapy arise from our best attempts to take care of ourselves and manage our feelings in the moment.

However, our ways of relating to ourselves and others can change. A solid therapeutic relationship will help you connect to your inner resilience and expand your ways of knowing. This means re-balancing the knowing that comes from emotions as well as from thoughts. This means untangling the realities of the past from the realities of the present. It involves taking in care and support that feels right and asserting what doesn’t.

Over time, new ways of relating will become increasingly familiar. Often clients say they feel like they’re “getting somewhere” or have a newfound sense of “being myself.” “Being myself” may also come with the confidence to embrace both strengths and limitations and accept what can and cannot be changed. We develop closer relationships when we can hold boundaries with clarity and flexibility.

This grounding may also lead to more ownership of emotions and clarity about the story of one’s life that releases old shame. When we know in our bones what has always been trustworthy and right in us, we can re-connect with our whole selves and feel more authentic in our most important relationships.

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

– Jim Harrison

About Liza

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania, New York, and Montana. The style of therapy I practice is AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and I am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor-in-training by the AEDP Institute in New York, New York.

My educational journey began with a degree in philosophy from Kenyon College in Ohio, and I earned my master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago. Before opening my private practice, I worked in maternal/child health, outpatient community mental health, and college counseling.

My roots are in rural Pennsylvania. After a transformative time in Montana, my husband and I returned to live in our hometown and grow with our children, who are now adults. Over the years, family and friends, and many horses and dogs, have been dear  companions on the journey.