My Approach to Helping
You deserve a counselor who "gets you." If you've been burned in the past, finding a competent counselor can be anxiety-provoking. You may be asking yourself: will this therapist judge me? Will they recognize my experiences as legitimate? Will they treat me like a person or a smorgasbord of symptoms? Those questions are completely justified. That's why I offer an alternative to traditional psychotherapy known as Identity Focused Counseling (IFC).
So, what the heck is IFC? In a nutshell, it means that I recognize you as a valid, complex human being--not a broken person in need of fixing. You can rest assured that I won't slap a diagnostic label on you or subject you to unhelpful "treatments." Despite my fancy Ph.D., I recognize that YOU are the sole expert of your own experiences.
So, what am I good for? Well, I excel at helping folks feel more confident in their identity and in their relationships. If you're going through a difficult life transition, struggling with intrusive thoughts, anxiety, depression, andor identify as LGBTQ+, I'd love to help you find peace and experience belonging.
More Info About My Practice
Here's what former clients are saying. All reviews are shared with enthusiastic consent.
"I think talking with a counselor can be very hard and Annie was very easy to talk to. She allowed me to feel totally comfortable opening up about how I was feeling without any hesitation. She also has been the first counselor that I feel has really had a positive influence on my well being. I don’t think she has a cookie cutter approach to treating her patients. She really took time to understand what I was going through which made me very confident that she was going to be able to help me."
"In past experiences with counseling, I felt like I talked about my feelings a lot and never got to dig deep and figure out how to get rid of those negative feelings (or accept them rather). This experience was much different and I found it to be very helpful."
"I feel very fortunate to have gotten to work with Annie. I was struggling more than I ever have with my anxiety and every day felt like a chore. Even after just one session with Annie I started feeling better and having hope because she made me feel really confident that we would get to the bottom of things."