My Approach to Helping
I am passionate about helping people who have a hard time putting themselves first. If you are struggling to prioritize yourself, or if you've let your health slip away due to stress, I may be the therapist for you. I worked for several years counseling hospital employees, and I found myself relating to and connecting with those hospital workers who felt a calling to do their work but had trouble slowing down and caring for themselves. My specialty is helping people like this get clarity on what matters and taking steps towards feeling better emotionally and physically.
I want to help you better care for yourself, build up your self-esteem, and gradually work towards improving habits that get in the way of leading a happy and healthy life. I take an active approach to therapy, offering insights and strategies to help you move in the direction of a life of meaning and purpose. I view the therapy room as a safe space for you to explore your self-doubts and fears without judgment, which can allow you the freedom to experiment with new ways of acting, thinking, and living.
More Info About My Practice
I offer free in-person or phone consultations because I believe it's important that you have the chance to meet me and get a sense of whether I'll be the right fit for you. During our consultation, I'll invite you to tell me about what you hope to achieve in therapy, and I'll explain a little about my process and how I can help.
I have availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the late afternoon/early evening. Call or email and let's talk about how you can start feeling better and engaging with life again.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by psychology and human behavior. When I was exploring career options, I realized that it's also important to me to have a job where I am helping and serving other people. Counseling is the perfect mix of my interest in psychology and my desire to help change people's lives. I love that I get to help people, and I find this process really rewarding. Being a counselor means that every day of work is different and never boring - I get to work with such a diverse group of people and learn their stories. I also love that being a therapist means I get to learn forever - I'm a bit of a nerd and love going to new therapy trainings and reading new books on therapy topics.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
There might be several reasons you're on the fence. Starting therapy can be an unknown, scary experience. That's why I offer my free in-person consultation. I want you to come into my office and get a feel for what it might be like to work with me. You'll have a chance to ask any questions and just get a sense of how we connect. Therapy works best if we are a good fit for each other.
You might be uncertain if what you're dealing with can be helped with therapy. Many problems outside of the traditional reasons people go to therapy can be helped by talking to a counselor. Some examples might be gaining better focus, building clarity on your purpose in life, sorting through feelings of stress and burnout, or finding better ways to bounce back from life's ups and downs.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I believe that the duration and frequency of therapy should be individualized to you. Your unique challenges, goals for therapy, and ability to cope with new problems that arise all play a factor in how long you might want or need to be in therapy.
Typically I recommend that you come weekly for about the first 6 weeks and we can re-evaluate from there. At some point many clients start to come to therapy less frequently. You might find it helpful to come bi-weekly or monthly after being in therapy for a while, and eventually you might want to just come periodically whenever something new comes up. Some people find just a few weeks of therapy helpful, others find it useful to work with a therapist long-term. In my opinion, this decision should be made collaboratively between us and re-evaluated periodically to see if our original plan still makes sense.