My Approach to Helping
I approach my work as a therapist with enthusiasm, compassion, and a real desire to connect with you. I became a therapist because I genuinely care about people and helping them learn about themselves.
I view therapy as a collaborative process, where in an environment of acceptance and respect, you and I reflect together on your experiences and concerns. Through this, we will work on making sense of your experiences and helping you navigate the various transitions you encounter.
I focus on creating space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, no matter how overwhelming or difficult they may be. Together, we will be able to examine them to identify the different patterns and dynamics in your life to deepen and expand your understanding of yourself and other people in your life. Through this understanding, we will find ways to make changes that will help you find a more satisfying way of living.
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation for us to discuss any questions you may have about therapy or my practice.
More Info About My Practice
I have had a variety of experiences working with individuals and families of all ages as both a social worker and a doula (a pregnancybirthpostpartum support person).
In addition to my Bachelor's and Master's level training, I am currently a doctoral student studying clinical social work.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you're considering therapy, but undecided, I suggest thinking of the first few sessions like a consultation rather than as jumping right into therapy. You can use those initial sessions with a potential therapist to clarify what has you considering therapy and the ways therapy could be helpful with those concerns. Further, you can also use those initial sessions to get a feel for the therapist, ask them questions about their approach to therapy, and find out if they're someone you would feel comfortable working with. Once you know more about what therapy would look like with that therapist, you can make an informed decision about moving forward with it, either with that therapist or another.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Like any relationship, personal or professional, there will be some people you "click" with and some people you don't. Because therapy involves sharing a great deal of yourself, I believe it's important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with. What makes a therapist feel comfortable to you will vary from person to person, but I believe a general good fit will be a therapist that you feel respects you, accepts you, and is committed to really understanding you. Because most of the work of therapy involves getting out of your comfort zone, I believe it's very important to find someone you feel safe with as you leave that comfort zone!