My Approach to Helping
Good therapy is a collaboration between you and me that creates a consistent sense of well being. I love the art of psychotherapy, the creative aspect of personalizing each session and trying to figure out how I can best promote healing and growth. Everyone needs something different from therapy, and I enjoy the process of figuring that out. I stay up on current research as it relates to both mental illness and mental health which informs my work with you.
The basic therapeutic process I work through is this. In the first session we will begin by identifying the primary concerns that have lead you to seek out therapy in the first place. The next couple of sessions we will try to understand more fully the difficulties you are having and also begin to identify your current strengths and resources. We will then develop some ideas of how you'd like things to be different in your life and how you can start moving towards them. When you feel a more consistent sense of well being and self confidence often our work is complete. Of course, you get to decide when that time is.
More Info About My Practice
I will never forget the first time I stepped into a therapist's office as a confused college student. It changed me. The privilege of having a safe space to talk through my struggles was transformative. I was fascinated with understanding people prior to that first appointment ( I was already a psychology major), but that experience sealed the deal! I wanted to help others heal and learn how to feel good about themselves.
After 22 years practicing as a psychotherapist, it continues to be an honor to provide space for others to heal, grow, and learn. I have a long-standing yoga and meditation practice that helps me stay nourished, so I can be fully present with my clients and my loved ones.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love the opportunity to step into a new world every hour. Every person has a unique story, about which I am endlessly curious. It is a unique privilege to work so intimately with people and witness their growth, vulnerabilities, truth and healing.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I often say that seeking out therapy is a healthy behavior. No matter where you are standing or what is hurting you, it is a stabilizing choice to reach out for help. We live in a culture that often promotes rugged individualism and deepens our sense of isolation. Therapy is a brave and transformative step to take in times like these where toxicity and division are often the norm.