My Approach to Helping
Doing therapy is my calling in life. I knew I wanted to be a therapist since I was a teenager, and it is a major part of my life's fulfillment. As a psychotherapist, I view myself as a guide to helping people realize their true abilities and strengths to effectively cope with life's ever-present difficulties. We humans tend to look for the easy way out of things, the path of least resistance, and immediate safety. This is natural and inherent in all of us, but avoidance of life's hardships and pain often gets us into trouble, creates more suffering down the road, and leads us further away from what we truly want. My aspiration is to help people learn to tackle their issues more directly and to promote self-compassion, which is the foundation of resilience and is ultimately the best protection from life's challenges and hardships.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I enjoy helping people overcome problems related to depression, despair, self-esteem, anxiety, and relationships. Our world is a stressful place, with many overwhelming demands and a cultural message that we must continually strive to improve and be successful in order to be happy. Frequently my goal is to help my clients come to a greater sense of peace with themselves for who they are, which can then lead to improvements in their emotional health, relationships, and overall success.
I also help adults who struggle with symptoms of ADHD. Once regarded as a problem only for children and adolescents, ADHD isn't something most people grow out of and it estimated that approximately 8 million adults have significant difficulties with attention.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Being a therapist has many rewards. Every day the people who come to my office invite me on their journey through their life's difficulties. This is an awesome privilege and something that I am humbled and honored to do. And since I know firsthand our powerful resistance to change and that life is inherently difficult, it is very rewarding to see people grow, change, and overcome adversity.