My Approach to Helping
I believe therapy is most successful when it is a collaborative process between the therapist and client. To me, this means creating a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect, meeting you where you are at, and helping you along your journey towards growth, health, andor personal goals.
I aim to help through person-centered, strength-based, and empathic approaches. I view treatment plans as collaborative and our pathway in reaching what you would like to get out of therapy. My educational background is in art therapy and counseling, and I utilize both expressive arts therapies and traditional psychotherapy based on your comfort, interest, and what appears to be the most beneficial. Finally, I strive to work from an intersectional perspective which means seeing all the unique roles and social identities in our lives including how these interact and impact each other.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love being a therapist because I enjoy helping others and creating a therapeutic space that feels inviting, safe, and validating. As a therapist, it is important that we also participate in personal therapy. I have had wonderful experiences as a client and aim to utilize this practice not only for my own personal growth but in how I can help my clients as well. Finally, I love being a therapist because therapy is a transformative and healing process, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with people through their unique journeys as they explore both the positive and the difficult experiences.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
It is reasonable to feel nervous or scared about anything when we do not know what to expect. If we've never had the experience, therapy can be confusing, frightening, or generally just an unknown.
My goal is to work towards breaking down the unknowns of therapy by helping others understand that therapy can be beneficial for anyone at any point during the lifespan. If you feel that you would like support, objectivity, and a safe place to process your thoughts, emotions, strengths, and struggles then therapy may be beneficial for you. If you're still unsure, I encourage you to reach out to myself or another for a short consultation to see what would work best for you.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Therapy is a practice that takes bravery and self-awareness that there is something you'd like to explore. I wholeheartedly believe taking action in your life and recognizing when you need help are great personal strengths, and quite the opposite of weakness. Just as we go to a physician for physical checkups and illness, it is important to 'checkup' on our emotional and mental well-being. We can all use a little help from time to time no matter who we are, where we come from, or our specific struggles.