My Approach to Helping
When have you last been with someone who is absolutely, 100%, listening with their heart? What you need is important! It may be a past or current trauma. It may be overwhelming concern or anxiety around something in your life. At my office, many approaches can be used. This can include EMDR, mindfulness, and strengths based therapy. This can include play therapy.
I work with each person through their natural language. For most people the language involves talking and being heard, and some conversation. This, however, can look and feel vastly different from one person to the next.
More Info About My Practice
There are unique things that can be brought into therapy, and I enjoy doing just that! I work with my African Grey parrot to support social communication, work through social anxiety, and development of attachment. I also use music and composition, allowing this form of self expression to play a part in healing.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Through the process of therapy with me you receive help clarifying your self-identity, building self-esteem, and gaining a greater sense of self worth. There are key elements of therapy, that ultimately help you experience self compassion:
Clarity: Therapy is the time and place, where you gain accurate and meaningful understanding of yourself. The goal is that you gain confidence in who you are, who you want to me, and how you want to live this out.
Validation: Everyone needs to know they have inherent value. In therapy you learn what this means to you, how to seek this from those around you, and most importantly what this feels like.
Acceptance: When in therapy you need to experience being with someone who inherently accepts you just as you are, then and there. You can get a taste of what acceptance should feel like from those around you in all aspects of your life.
Safety: When in therapy you need to know you are in a safe space where you have control. When you choose to let your guard down, and begin working through things that make you vulnerable, it is OK to stop at any point. This very experience in therapy can help you learn how to balance trust with personal boundaries in everyday life.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Struggles with self doubt are something most people can relate to on a deeply personal level. Anyone who has had difficulty with social difficulties and negative experiences, likely knows how this feels. This is part of my story since I first attended school as a small child. I was often mis-understood by teachers, friends, and parents. Fortunately, self doubt can be replaced by confidence, self acceptance, and changes in how we think about ourselves. An important part of success often has to be support from others. You may be needing this same support right now, and I understand. As I support others in building this same self confidence, I'm often simply passing forward what others have given me.