My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy is a fascinating and difficult process to undertake. I strive to be a gentle and compassionate guide through this work as we take a closer look at the emotional difficulties and changes that may be occurring for you at this time in your life. If you are experiencing concerns involving relationships with loved ones, difficult life transitions, communication problems, anxiety or depression, psychotherapy is an excellent source of support and understanding. I offer an open and non-judgmental space for us to talk about the difficulties you are experiencing as well as the ways in which you want to improve your self and your life. The process of listening and talking is essential in gaining greater clarity in decision-making, learning more effective ways of communicating with loved ones, increasing self-esteem, and improving mood. Throughout our work together, I will offer respect, openness, and acceptance as we explore your needs, desires, conflicts, wishes, and goals in an effort to recover your ever-present core strength and vitality.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
As the cornerstone of good, effective therapy, the relationship between client and therapist deserves attention not only at the outset of therapy, but throughout treatment. Part of the effectiveness of psychotherapy lies in the power of empathy and compassion - two essential qualities which must exist within the working alliance in order for treatment to be effective. With a good initial rapport, the client is able to begin trusting that their therapist's interest and empathy are genuine and that their inner experience deserves to be voiced and heard. With continued attention to the quality of the client-therapist relationship, the client becomes able to experience a new kind of interpersonal relationship - one that is uniquely mindful, compassionate, and accepting of all of the client's different parts. In my practice, I take the responsibility of offering openness, compassion and acceptance in an effort to create a safe environment wherein clients feel they can express their thoughts, feelings, desires, wishes, traumas, memories, and goals without fear of judgment. I feel it is essential to create a shared space in which the client's concerns are held within the client-therapist relationship in such a way that the client is supported throughout the sometimes painful process of examining and fully understanding issues of an emotional nature. A good client-therapist relationship is the foundation for our work toward creating growth, health, and wellbeing in your life.