Therapy for Anxiety and Perfectionism
Many of the clients I see look like they have life all together from the outside, but struggle with a deep internal experience of anxiety, perfectionism, and avoidance. These folks work so hard to try and keep themselves safe from emotional discomfort, failure, and interpersonal conflict, but ultimately miss out on the richness of an engaged life.
My aim is to help you understand and work through these strategies of avoidance and disconnection and define the ways you can live your most fulfilling life.
Therapy for anxiety and perfectionism often involves a three-pronged approach: understanding how past experiences have shaped current symptoms, making sense of the function of the anxiety (or perfectionism or avoidance), and then responding to these experiences through a variety of depth oriented, exposure, and skills-based interventions.
Most of the clients I partner with have spent a lot of time coping on their own and come to therapy seeking more than just a quick fix for these longstanding concerns. As a therapist I am interested in the most radical change possible– if we look beyond coping skills, how can we create deep, sustained change that helps you find ways out of these cycles? This is the aim of therapy with me.
I utilize relational, psychodynamic, and compassion-focused approaches in my work and commonly integrate Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when useful.