My Approach to Helping
Here's the secret - you have the answers inside you today. I am here to guide you on this journey as you excavate the answers and make the plan for your better tomorrow. Along the way I provide support, resources and tools. We will challenge old beliefs and stories that hold you back, but together we will move along your path. Most importantly, we work to make the scary process of change manageable, and maybe even enjoyable at times.
How do we do all of this? My tools are drawn from a variety of therapy modalities, but primarily in cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR. I enjoy working with mindfulness and relaxation techniques to promote not only your well-being, but that of those around you. Sometimes we may draw, or write or play. By integrating techniques best suited for you, we address unique needs and goals.
Wellness is integral to my practice. A holistic approach means that we look at the mind-body-connection and interventions to support you. Because of this, I offer specialized protocols to help with sleep and chronic pain, which are both influenced by our emotional and mental well-being.
Why wait? Change begins with you. We can do this together. It may be challenging, but the results can be more than imagine. I look forward to connecting with you soon!
More Info About My Practice
As a fully licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), I work with people (male\\female\\non-binary) who are able to be brave and look at themselves thoughtfully. Because this requires a level of maturity and insight, this practice serves adults 18 and older at this time.
My office is located on Hatteras Island in Dare county, on North Carolina's Outer Banks. It is a beautiful, but rather remote area, so I provide services to a variety of individuals on many issues. The most common reasons people access services are for anxiety and depression, be it related to grief, life transitions, or health concerns. I am licensed and able to provide telehealth services to people anywhere in North Carolina. During the current health crisis, nearly all clients are seen via telehealth, but needs and services are assessed individually for in-person services.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Finding the right therapist can be challenging. Between rates, insurance and calendar availability, you might feel like the pool is already small. But making sure that you are right "fit" is important to your success. After all, you are sharing your most sensitive thoughts and feelings, so your trust is important.
Studies show that the therapeutic alliance (how well we "fit") influences success as much as 20-25%. That's more than the influence of a specific skill or modality (15% influence) a therapist uses.
A free 20-minute consultation call helps us determine if we want to work together. If we are not a good "fit," be it availability, rates, skills or other needs, I will provide you with referrals to other appropriate providers. I look forward to talking to you!