My Approach to Helping
I believe in a collaborative, person-centered approach to therapy. You are the expert on you, your needs, and your experiences; and I am here to provide you with the guidance and interventions needed to help you obtain your goals for your own mental health. We will work together to reach these therapeutic goals and achieve healthy outcomes.
I strongly believe in the power of therapy to help with everything from coping with life and managing stress to dealing with the effects of trauma. Living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, identify struggles, relationship dysfunction, and other distresses can be miserable; and its important to work with a counselor you can trust. I have been in the helping field in some capacity for over a decade and have worked with people from every walk of life and with a variety of difficulties; and look forward to working with you to improve your quality of living.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I view psychotherapy and mental health treatment as being as important and relevent as our treatment of our physical health; though generally more neglected. Just as it is important for us to go to the doctor and have our physical health checked and managed, it is important for us to look at and address any problems that may be effecting our mental health. In fact, mental and physical health are strongly linked - stress leads to a variety of health problems, including heart problems, stroke, obesity, etcetera; and healthy habits such as diet and exercise improve our mental well-being. The purpose of psychotherapy is to address mental health issues in order to maximize a person's happiness and overall well-being. Things may be going great in your life; but if you are plagued by worrisome thoughts or feelings of hopelessness, or distressing memories of upsetting events then you can't enjoy your life fully. By increasing insight, reframing and changing thoughts, modifying maladaptive behavior, processing traumatic events, and other psychotherapuetic techniques; we are able to improve our mental state and be a healthier human being.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Many people are on the fence about going to therapy. Its difficult to open up to a stranger and talk about things that you may find embarrassing or upsetting. However, as a therapist, I'm not here to judge you or to look at you as a diagnosis that needs treated; but rather as a person with a problem who I can help. You would be surprised what therapists hear - its likely that what you are so reluctant to mention is something I and other therapists have heard often. Others see therapy as a 'weakness' - if you need therapy; then you are 'crazy' or 'weak' and can't manage things on your own. In fact, therapy is about getting to know yourself better, learning to express your needs, figuring out what is holding you back in life, and addressing behaviors and thoughts that cause you problems. Doing any of those things doesn't make you 'crazy'. In fact, the vast majority of people in treatment aren't what the general public would think of as 'crazy'. And those who are, we treat no differently - just someone who is struggling and who we can help. If you are truly on the fence, ask yourself this - if seeking out and trying therapy going to hurt anything? Is it going to make things in your life worse? No! So, then, just try it!