My Approach to Helping
You may feel confused and alone. You may not know what to do or which direction to take. You just want to feel secure and calm, but don't know how to get there. You no longer want to feel like you're crawling out of your skin, and finally feel what it's like to be happy. I can help you get there.
My clients tell me that they appreciate my straightforward and down-to-earth approach. As your therapist, I tap into how you are feeling and try to feel what you feel. I work to see where you are coming from and how to best help you get to where you want to go. We will work collaboratively on setting your goals. I will tailor my techniques to what is best for you. I do not take a one size fits all approach in my practice. Each of my clients is unique and I treat them as such. How our therapy process will go will be dependent on where you are looking to go and what you are hoping to achieve. I will help provide insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I will help provide you with alternative perspectives and new skills to effectively cope with your stressors. My goal is to help you no longer feel alone and achieve YOUR goals, whatever they may be.
More Info About My Practice
At Counseling By the Sea, I provide psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and families struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues in a safe and nurturing environment by the sea. I chose the name and location of my practice to be associated with the sea because the ocean has always been a calming force for me. The sense of peace and calm that comes from the sound of the crashing waves, the smell of the salt air and the water beneath your feet is how I want you to feel when under my care. I strive to be confidential, ethically compliant and stigma-free to the highest standards in order to provide the best care for my clients. As a licensed therapist and nationally certified counselor, I have the education and training to treat you utilizing evidence-based techniques, such as but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy and trauma-focused CBT.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
One of the advantages that I have as a therapist that helps make me unique and effectively help my clients is having experienced my own pain and struggles in the past. Having empathy and compassion for clients is a cornerstone of being an effective therapist. By tapping into my own past difficulties, I am able to feel what you are feeling. I am able to put myself in your shoes, even though the details of our experiences may differ. I not only come from a position of education and training, but I come from a place of understanding. My past experiences have allowed me to be the therapist that I am today. I have had the great fortune to utilize my past struggles in order to help my clients today.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I believe asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It takes courage to ask for help, and allow yourself to receive that help. Opening up to a stranger about your thoughts and feelings can be scary. Therefore, I strive to take the time to gain your trust and create an open therapeutic relationship with you. Asking for help sometimes means putting aside our pride and facing a fear. That is not easy! However, being able to say "No, I am not okay. I want to feel better and be better" is strong, not weak. I have the utmost respect for my clients when they come in and open up to me. Therefore, I try to let them know just how strong I think they are.