My Approach to Helping
When you seek out a therapist, especially after experiencing trauma inflicted by another person, trust is paramount. Relational trauma is all about violation of trust. So, you'll want a therapist with whom you can relate well AND feel safe. A major focus of my work is on building this trust. You'll also want a therapist who will be professional and not overwhelmed by the painful details of abuse and feelings of shame. To accept you for who you are, faults and all, perhaps for the first time ever. And, often overlooked, you'll want a therapist with whom to laugh with and experience joy again.
My approach to helping you heal from traumatic experiences is to develop this safe space for you to re-discover your strength, encourage you to search within for your inner wisdom and courage, and integrate your painful past into a healthy and useful present. As my practice name "Odyssey Psychotherapy" suggests, I view our work together as a journey focused on exploration and discovery. The ultimate goals are resilience and wholeness, a peace within yourself and a strength to tackle whatever lies ahead.
My role is that of companion and guide, walking alongside you every step of the journey whether that's a few months or much longer. Together, this relationship of trust and safety we forge becomes the vessel from which we embark on that voyage. Each step of the way, I maintain profound respect for your pace and voice when making decisions and growing in therapy. Experience has taught me that wounds from relational traumas require this kind of respect and focus on empowerment. My belief is that with my steady and safe presence holding the sacred confidential space for you to be real and authentic, that you will make important connections, carry with you a renewed inner strength, and relate with others authentically and confidently.
If this sounds like what you're needing, I encourage you to give me a call or send me a message. Let me know where you are in your journey to healing and what help you need to move further along the path.