My Approach to Helping
As a counselor, I have a deep passion and understanding for others and what they are going through. There are so many life transitions, chapters, stages, and events we experience that can often feel overwhelming or even confusing at times. I understand the importance of listening empathetically, not critiquing each thought one may have. I use many tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Techniques, Existential approaches, person-centered approaches, and am trained in EMDR.
The idea of therapy is not just obtaining tools to get us through life, but uncovering connections to those unhealed parts to ourselves that have never been fully processed. Techniques offered in my sessions help build the ground work necessary to get us to a point that processing becomes possible. Once we are in a place where processing can begin, it is a beautiful thing to watch unfold. Processing events through EMDR is the piece to counseling that helps us truly grow in positive, helpful, and healthy ways all-around.
One mis-conception about therapy is the need to have gone through many different traumas. Going through trauma is not a necessary component to enter counseling. Counseling can be a useful tool for any time in one’s life, especially through some kind of transition. Counseling is a healthy option that should be normalized, and less feared. It’s okay to have feelings and to not know what to do with them from time to time. That, in and of itself, is seemingly “normal”.