My Approach to Helping
It is a privilege to be invited into someone's life, particularly during a crisis or a rough patch. I do not take lightly the opportunity to walk alongside you in the journey, share your concerns through a lens of non-judgment and compassion, and offer hope for healing.
Realizing that it takes courage to pick up the phone and schedule a first appointment, my goal will be to create a safe place - a soft place for you to land each time we meet, and a place where hope lives. If life has gotten too messy for you to believe any longer, then let me hold hope for you until you can.
Wherever you are in the process, it will be an honor to support your journey, to hold sacred space as you seek clarity and healing, and to share resources to promote growth, healing, and healthier relationships.
More Info About My Practice
Please visit my website to learn more about me, my therapeutic lens, fees for service, and other helpful resources. While I do not accept insurance, I will gladly provide the codes your provider needs. If you choose to file it will be necessary for me to make a diagnosis, and this will be included in your permanent health information file. Paying privately avoids this need to share sensitive information.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
If you don't have someone who can recommend a trusted therapist, I invite you to browse this website and "meet" therapists whose credentials have been verified. Consider your preference for a man or a woman, or if age/gender doesn't matter to you. Visit the therapist's website to get a better sense of who he/she is, and when your options are narrowed down, give each one a call. Listen to your gut; does this person communicate empathically, does he/she listen to your concerns? Do you feel comfortable talking to him/her? Research shows that the client/therapist relationship is the most crucial part of successful therapy, and although it will take time to fully establish rapport and trust, those initial instincts can help you decide if this person is the right fit for you.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Perhaps you are wondering if coming to therapy is a sign you are weak or flawed. If that's the case, you are not alone. It is often easier to seek professional help when dealing with a physical/biological issue, but when it's psychological or emotional we think we should be able to fix the problem on our own. Yet, think about how common sense informs us to see a doctor for diabetes or a broken arm. There's no shame in that; we do not just "power through" the pain. I invite all of us to practice the same self-compassion when it comes to the concerns that are driving us to consider therapy.