My Approach to Helping
A beautiful life is what's waiting on the other side of your anxiety, substance use or low-self-esteem! My job is to help you navigate your way to a life that is authentically yours, one that is filled with self-love, acceptance and deep meaning. I know the struggle associated with changing your way of thinking and behaving, even when those thinking and behavioral patterns cause you pain! The good news is that people change every day, and you can absolutely be one of them!
I will provide guidance, insight, and understanding as you journey through these often tumultuous waters. My approach is one of genuine empathy, humor, and honesty. You can trust that I will tell you the truth, but always in a caring and compassionate way.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Very few people begin therapy because things in life are going fantastic! Therapy becomes an option when we are at our lowest and don't know what else to do. If you've never been to therapy before and feel slightly uncomfortable with the thought of doing so, my advice is this: ask around! Talk to friends and family who have been before. My hunch is that the majority will have positive things to say and can identify ways in which therapy was able to help them. Knowing that someone you trust has been and benefited from therapy can go along way in calming your fears about the process.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Therapy does NOT have to be a forever process. Most people attend therapy during particularly trying times in their lives. Once the crisis has passed or they've learned ways to cope with the problem, most will naturally taper down the frequency of their sessions or end them all together. It's not unusual for people to continue seeing their therapist for "tune-ups" once or twice a month, but many don't. You can see your therapist for as little or as long as you need them. In the beginning it's usually recommended that you go weekly, however, it is you and your therapist may decide you need more time, and in some cases, less! The beauty of therapy is that it is completely focused on YOUR needs, whatever they may be.