My Approach to Helping
I became a helping professional because I love people--all people. Each of us has a unique story, an individual set of circumstances that brought us here to this place, at this time. My approach to helping includes building a relationship based on non-judgment, validation, and compassion as I listen to your story so I can better understand you a whole person, with strengths and challenges, not just you as your problems. I believe that change--even positive change--is one of the scariest aspects of life, but change is much less scary when you aren't going through it alone. I place the highest value on collaborating with and obtaining feedback from those with whom I work so that we can deepen the therapeutic relationship and lay the groundwork for attaining goals, making positive change, resolving emotional distress, or otherwise addressing whatever has brought you here to this place, at this time.
More Info About My Practice
I am pleased to offer individual, couples/marital, and group therapy for adolescents and adults. I also provide psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Workshops are also offered periodically on a range of topics, as outlined on my website. All services are provided with warmth, genuineness, and compassion.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Many folks who know me assume that because I'm a therapist, my life is less chaotic, less stressful, and less problematic than most. This, in fact, is not true. Yes, I'm a therapist, but I'm also a wife, an ex-wife, a mother, a step-mother, a daughter, a step-daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a colleague, and a friend. The demands of living in 2017 as a woman who is juggling multiple roles and who strives to be great often leads to significant stress, emotional upheaval, and life changes throughout the years. While this has been personally challenging at times, it has helped with my professional growth because I naturally have empathy and compassion for anyone who struggles. I know how good it feels when someone offers me a helping hand or gives me emotional support, even when I'm doubting my decisions and my choices. Thus, I strive to be as validating and empathetic towards my clients as I want others to be toward me.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Going to therapy does not mean you're weak or flawed. Going to therapy means asking for help, which means you are human. In the U.S., we value or individualism and our independence. However, we often forget that we are social creatures, interconnected and interdependent. Asking for the help that you need is a sign of strength and resilience. The first thing I tell most new folks who call me is Congratulations for being brave enough to reach out for help. So, if you are reading this, then Congratulations--you are one of the brave souls not afraid ask for a helping hand and who is willing to take that first step toward improvement, whatever that might mean to you.