My Approach to Helping
Let's face it...seeking therapy is hard! Teaching clients tools to help them live a happy and healthy life is my basic approach to therapy. I want you to be successful in wherever your journey takes you. I believe that each person's story is unique and that you are the best "captain" to your destination. I also believe that at times we get "stuck" and need a little assistance in finding our best selves. When that happens, I implement evidence based therapies to help guide you to reach your goals.
Imagine your life where you feel satisfied and happy. That is attainable! Learning tools that you can implement in your everyday life is essential in therapy.
More Info About My Practice
Online scheduling is now available! To schedule, please visit www.lockecounselingandconsulting.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I experienced a pretty significant trauma in my early childhood, but back then mental health was not something that was discussed like it is today. I went through my teen years struggling to overcome what happened and made some poor choices. In my early twenties I floundered around, not exactly sure where I fit in this world. I eventually found a decent job and met a man that eventually became my husband. As I thought that my life was turning a positive direction, I was sent plummeting after the birth of my first son. At the time, I did not know what was happening other than feeling like my life and my relationship were spiraling out of control. I later learned that I had been experiencing post partum depression- I had spent a whole year suffering in silence and eventually, my relationship hit a point where we separated. At that time I decided therapy was needed. I first started therapy thinking that I was on a mission to change others, sure I had some issues, but if I could just change everyone else then my issues would disappear. Boy was I wrong! Now don't get me wrong, the people in my life did indeed have their own personal struggles, but what I found in therapy was myself. I learned that I am the only person with power over me. Yes, I was a victim in my childhood, but I did not have to be a victim in adulthood. And man that is something very powerful to learn. I had struggles in therapy and at times found my therapist frustrating. But, every time I left irritated, I asked myself...what am I irritated about? The honest truth was just that- the truth. She helped me open my eyes, my heart and my mind and every time I reflected back on our conversation, I realized that I was uncovering more of myself, which was scary! I was finding and revealing something that I forever had been trying to hide from or bury. It was a place of finding empowerment and enlightenment. It was also the moment that I realized that I wanted at the very least to help an individual or a couple the way I had been helped. My saving grace became my passion. My husband also began therapy and I will be forever grateful to our therapist because without therapeutic intervention, I'm not sure where either of us would be. However, today we are happily married with two kids, three dogs, and a deeper understanding of ourselves. While sometimes we still hit a "few bumps" along the way we always remember the tools that we learned. I want my clients to walk away feeling that they have the tools to help themselves now and in the future.