My Approach to Helping
We learn behaviors based on our life circumstances. Sometimes behaviors that served a purpose or fit in one context do not generalize to other circumstances and contexts. Behaviors that have helped us cope in one environment may not work for us long term in other environments. Similarly sometimes behaviors that help us cope with difficult situations do not turn out to be adaptive long term. I believe behavior occurs for a reason or has meaning even if we don't know what that meaning is or why the behavior is occurring.
In some circumstances such as with substance use the solution used to solve a problem may actually create more problems. This is because the solution does not address the issue. Problems can be difficult, messy or upsetting. We have a natural tendency to want to avoid pain and problems. Sometimes we are not aware of what solutions are available to us when we are in a situation we are having difficulty coping with. We might feel temporarily better when we use an ineffective coping strategy to address a problem when we have not directly addressed the issue or the problem itself. Our solution to a problem may be to simply distract us from the problem altogether.
If you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma or addiction therapy can help you sort out what is not working for you. Through therapy I believe that insights can be developed, problems can be solved and new ways of coping and looking at problems can be learned.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with years of experience working with adults and adolescence in the mental health field. I am passionate about helping others to make their desired changes to live their best life possible. I offer an empathetic and judgment free approach. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to help you to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they work together.
I believe therapy best occurs in the confines of a safe environment where concerns, thoughts and emotions can be shared. I have previously worked individually with clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, mood disorders.ADHD, adjustment disorders and relationship problems. I am passionate about helping others identify and reach their personal goals in treatment whatever their goals are. I am interested in helping others learn about themselves and develop strategies to overcome their problems.