Zem Chance Therapy

My background and approach

As a systemic, relational therapist, I know that relationships are key–your relationship to yourself, to important others in your life, to your body and your nervous system. It’s my job to help you have corrective emotional experiences that will help resolve past hurts, and allow you to gain mastery of important skills, to help you resolve communication challenges and conflicts. We’ll discuss how your nervous system impacts you, and I’ll teach you ways to use your knowledge and self-awareness to shift your nervous system state. And as much as therapy can be serious work, I find incredible value in humor and levity, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing in therapy. My degree is in couple and family therapy, but I work with individuals as well. Theories and approaches that inform my perspective include Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and DBT.

I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal, grow, and change. While we don’t get to choose many things that happen in our lives, we can work to respond to life events in a way that aligns with our values. We all have values, even if we don’t think about them much, and we all feel better when we are living in alignment with our values. My values include ongoing self-exploration and growth, combating oppression, and creating a more just society.