My Approach to Helping
I have a heart for helping people who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress-related trauma and relationships that are challenging and difficult. What we experience in our personal life often interferes with work, school and being able to enjoy life. I am passionate about encouraging people and helping them to learn new skills that will reduce their symptoms and help them to have a more fulfilling life. I believe it is important to show people you care by creating a warm and friendly environment where people are valued and feel safe. I work with adults, couples, adolescents, children (11 and older), and families.
More Info About My Practice
I work with people who are looking for a counselor who sees them as an individual with a unique story. I take time to listen to their story in order to learn how it has influenced how they see themselves, how they see others, and how they see the world. This approach allows us work together to determine the best plan to move forward. I utilize different types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy as well as teach positive coping skills as a part of an individualized plan for each person.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy helps many people begin to feel better right away. Meeting one-on-one or in a group setting often helps people learn to trust and connect with someone who understands their struggles and who will not be judgmental. Many people who experience unconditional acceptance find the courage to share their story, often for the first time. This can be very difficult, but it is an important step in the healing process. Understanding how events in your life have affected you is an important part of gaining insight and self-awareness. Psychotherapy can offer a place of acceptance, understanding, safety, encouragement, and the freedom to explore your thoughts and feelings. This process helps people begin to heal and move forward.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
It is important to know what your goals are for attending counseling and if you are willing to invest in yourself in order to achieve them. People who get the best results are committed to achieving their goals. They attend counseling regularly and are open to trying new skills to help create the changes they are looking for.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
In the past, there have been some negative opinions about "seeing a counselor;" however, making a decision to seek professional guidance is actually a wise decision. Business professionals meet with consultants from time-to-time to learn how to make their businesses more prosperous. This is viewed as a wise decision by most people. Meeting with a professional counselor is an important decision that people make because they want to make positive changes in their life. Professional counselors provide resources and new insight for you to consider. They provide support, information, and help you develop a plan to reach your goals. Working with a professional counselor can be very helpful.