My Approach to Helping
Every human being has inherent worth. We are born innocent, precious, needy, dependent and vulnerable. Depending upon our environment and the primary caretakers in our lives we may be nurtured and instilled with a solid foundation of self esteem, a core belief in our our self worth. This esteem allows us to meet life's challenges with gusto and confidence. Far too many people, however, have been wounded by childhood trauma. That trauma may be physical or sexual abuse, shattering losses or neglect of our deepest most human desire for love, safety and connection. These childhood wounds lead some to think and feel they are worthless, bad or unlovable. These shame based beliefs are notoriously difficult to unlearn. Consequently, people who have been wounded by trauma often struggle helplessly to enjoy life. They may be plagued with depression, anxiety, addictions, or suffer through years of unhealthy relationships and self sabotage. I want to assure you that healing is possible and I can help. You deserve the gift of compassion. You deserve to be seen, heard and believed in all your shame and glory. I am ready to listen to your story. I am ready to support you in your journey to a better life, free of the pain and free of the obstacles that are holding you back. Are you ready for a better life?
More Info About My Practice
The therapy experience is a sacred and takes place in the context of relationship. I think it is important to get a sense if we are comfortable with each other. I have years of experience working with a diverse group of people who have a wide variety of issues that have led them to seek counseling. I have worked in both inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient settings. No matter what the issue is that has prompted one to seek help, there is the magic in the sharing that occurs. I am trusted with the deepest and most intimate thoughts and feelings. I do not take this vulnerability for granted. It takes tremendous strength and courage to be so vulnerable. I want you to get a sense of who I am. Do you feel safe with me? Do I seem warm, engaged, compassionate? Have you felt heard and cared about? It is important for you to get the right therapist for your needs. Also, if by chance the issues you wish to address are outside of my area of expertise I want to refer you to a therapist who may have greater experience with that specialty. My practice is tailored to serving those with whom I have found I can most effective. I encourage you to not just look for any therapist or shop for one that is the least expensive or closest to your home. I encourage you to look for a therapist that is best equipped to deal with the issues you are facing. Let's do a consult and see if that's me.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My specialty is working with adults who are survivors of childhood trauma. Specifically, people who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, who have grown up in alcoholic homes or who have witnessed domestic violence. Often people who have experienced childhood trauma spend years of their adult lives reinjuring themselves with negative coping skills, compulsive or addictive behaviors or self defeating behavior. Often survivors of childhood trauma feel helpless in adult experiences of depression, anxiety or intrusive memories of the past. My practice is centered and guided by you. I use a variety of therapeutic methods and techniques to nurture self compassion, self care and self creation. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as facilitator and witness to ones healing. The gift I give of my experience guiding people through their healing is reciprocated tenfold by watching a wounded soul blossom.