COmpassionate & collaborative
My approach to therapy is compassionate and collaborative. By collaborative-- I mean a process wherein we both work together to create an authentic connection to identify what needs tending to and what needs to be made conscious. Therapy is an interactive relationship where I provide a safe, non judgmental space to unpack the painful blocks that are holding you back, causing you or your partner suffering, and preventing you from living a life more aligned with your core values.
In my clinical experience, it became clear to me that insight based therapy alone is insufficient to create lasting change unless it is supported by a mindfulness practice that reinforces the inner work. While informed by depth psychology, attachment theory and neuroscience, the cornerstone of my practice is a unique integrative approach that I call mindfulness based Narrative Reframe Therapy. This approach helps clients to identify negative, deeply entrenched scripts that shape how they see themselves and the world, and empowers them to create a living practice where they can redefine and repair narratives that no longer serve them.
Since each client is completely unique, I tailor treatment to the needs of each individual and couple. You may be coming in with a crisis that needs immediate containment or you may be called to explore and deepen your relationship to yourself, especially if you are struggling with unresolved or unyielding issues from the past.
Therapy doesn't have to be a long, drawn out nebulous process with no tangible goals in site. I believe that you are the arbiter of your own healing process and you will be be able to gauge if therapy is making a positive impact on what you are struggling with. So I invite you to find out. Please call me for a free consultation with any questions.
We all desire lives that are more authentic, purposeful and meaning- filled. However, many of us need an outside perspective to help us recognize and identify what's keeping us in paralysis or despair. Suffering often presents as severe depression, anxiety, or difficulty with relationships. Yet suffering can also be a doorway, an invitation to healing, especially if we see it as a symptom of a larger un-identified pattern of uncsoncious beliefs that require further exploration.
In individual therapy, we unearth what may be an entrenched way of seeing your self or aspects about your life. Individual therapy integrates past and present issues into a more secure narrative that will help you not only re-vision your sense of Self, but make meaning out of painful experiences and implement changes that lead to a more conscious relationship to life.
Couples work requires a commitment from both partners to enter into a process wherein they can reveal themselves, untangle the expectations and projections that create conflict, and re-pattern unhealthy behaviors. Most importantly, couples therapy offers a road map for the couple to forge a new image of themselves and their partnership.
Common issues include working through infidelity, conflict, power struggles, issues around sex, and un-conscious communication habits. My approach to couples work is a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and mindfulness techniques that enable couples to learn how to regulate their emotional reactivity, successfully diffuse conflict and rediscover connection and empathy for each other.
COMMON ISSUES FOR TREATMENT
Depression & Anxiety Conscious Parenting & Co-Parenting
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Menopause/Peri-menopause Transition
Reframing Adversity, Loss & Failure Relationship, Separation & Intimacy Issues
Adultescence to Adulthood: Making the Leap Pregnancy & Post-partum Adjustment
Co-Dependency & Self Esteem Issues Finding Meaning at the Mid Life Point
Career & Life Transitions: Navigating Change Adult Children of Bi-Polar & Schizophrenic Parents
Feminine Individuation & Development Grief Work & Trauma Recovery
Shira is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#47485) with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she performed her clinical training at the Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center and at the Antioch University Counseling Center. She is currently accepting new clients at the WCFC as a senior intern under the supervision of Mary Jane Armstrong (LMFT #32375).
Having worked with a wide and complex variety of issues, Shira is deeply committed to helping individuals discover news ways to work through unyielding problems. Shira is passionate about helping clients unlock the potential for individuation and lasting transformation. In addition to individual and couples therapy, Shira specializes in working with creatives and artists in transition. Having many years of experience as a songwriter and musician, Shira is familiar with the creative process and the challenges that attend the creative life.