My Approach to Helping
Over the last twenty years, I've watched many people grow and change as a result of counseling. The one ingredient that has proven to be crucial to that success is the client-therapist relationship. After all, if you don't feel as though the person sitting across from you "gets" you, you aren't likely to open up as easily and won't see change as quickly. As a therapist, I offer a calm, compassionate presence, walking with you, without judgment or criticism as you open up at your own pace about the things that you are least likely to want to share with a stranger.
My philosophy is this: "we only know what we know"- we handle problems the way that we were taught by our families or by others in our lives. For many problems, this works just fine. However, handling problems the same way that we always have simply doesn't work for all problems. In order to change or to heal old wounds and relationships, we often need new insights or a fresh approach. This is where I step in, sharing a fresh perspective and gentle guidance while you determine what is the next best step for you to address your concerns.