My Approach to Helping
Are you feeling sad, lonely, overwhelmed, or stressed? Are you having trouble in the workplace or in your relationships? Do you find yourself wondering who you are and what defines you? Have you recently gone through a major life transition? If you're experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or having issues in your close relationships, I can help. We all have blind spots and obstacles in our lives, and a warm, understanding, and non-biased perspective can be immensely helpful. Therapy can be a powerful tool in relieving distress, learning about oneself, and living a more fulfilled life.
I have extensive training and experience working with adults of various ages, especially young adults, graduate students, and those going through major life transitions. In particular, I specialize in helping individuals with self-esteem concerns, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, and identity concerns.
I believe that the key to successful therapy is a collaborative, open, and warm relationship. I will work to both support and challenge you. Taking the step to begin therapy can be difficult; I invite you to contact me to see if I may be a good fit for you.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Therapy can have many purposes. The main reasons I see people seeking therapy are for symptom relief, conflict resolution, or self-improvement. No issue is too small and everyone deserves therapy. Whether you're trying to get through a hard time, want to learn and feel more comfortable about yourself, or simply a place to vent to someone unbiased, therapy can have huge benefits.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I hear so many horror stories about bad experiences with previous therapy attempts so I am very glad you're here and considering trying again. Research says that the best predictor of successful therapy is the level of comfort and understanding you have with your therapist. I advise clients to steer clear of anyone claiming to be "the best" because the match between therapist and client looks different for everyone. I encourage you to give me a call for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if I may be the right fit for you--remember, you're the one hiring me! Especially over the first few sessions, I check in about the goodness of fit and will be happy to make a referral should the match not feel right to you. I also like to be very transparent about what I'm seeing in the relationship and will offer suggestions if it seems the issue may be a more pervasive interpersonal issue that would be helpful to work through together. Feedback should always go both ways and I am very open to hearing what my clients need more of, less of, or to change. I'd love to hear what went wrong in your last treatment so we can target what would better work for you.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Please know that in the state of Colorado, anyone can register as a psychotherapist and you should be looking carefully at education, credentials, and experience. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is!