My Approach to Helping
I believe therapy is a journey to talk alongside you. Though I might be considered the "expert" in the areas in which you're looking for help, I also believe that you are the expert on you. I have a very collaborative and interpersonal style and though I use various empirically supported interventions to enhance with coping, the relationship between me and you is the most important thing. I believe the purpose of therapy is to enhance your internal wisdom so you can operate in a more full and authentic fashion, and to help focus on making satisfying and meaningful choices.
More Info About My Practice
I believe that anyone can heal from anything. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, I believe I can help: PTSD, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Perinatal or Postpartum Issues, Adjustment to Parenthood, Pregnancy Loss, Grief, Depression or Infertility Issues. The healing process of therapy can result in an increase in self-esteem, an improved outlook, a greater sense of control or calmness, decreased pain and better self understanding.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe growth and change is the goal of therapy. Change is a very subjective word, and it completely depends on where you are in your life when you come into therapy. I believe in working with the client together to form goals and a treatment plan, knowing that the plan will change along the way as the client experiences growth and change. Therapy is a proactive journey on the part of both client and therapist; sustainable and meaningful change stems from a combination of having a helpful guide, a sense of willingness, shared insight and working towards specific goals.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Ambivalence about starting therapy is a completely normal feeling, especially if you've never gone to therapy. It takes courage to take that first step. It's also important to find a therapist who you feel is a good fit for you. A good fit means a lot of things: they're competent and experienced in treating the things in which you are seeking help and they provide a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Plus, there's just that feeling that you all "click" with each other and that this therapist gets you. It's also important that you both are working towards shared goals; every therapist is different in how this is set up and approached, but every therapy has some sort of structure and expectation. I know how challenging it can be to take that first step, and believe that setting that relational foundation and building trust is the most important first step in the therapy journey.