My Approach to Helping
I’m Christy Braman and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I received my Masters in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2001.
I have a relaxed and relational style as a therapist. I try to create a comfortable & safe place where individuals feel accepted and yet are challenged to grow. I believe in getting to the root of a problem and not just working with the present symptoms. I have been thrilled to see many clients walk into a more authentic self once having addressed ongoing struggles in their relationships.
My primary area of clinical interest is working with adults who have experienced abuse in childhood (sexual, verbal, emotional, or neglect). I also work with individuals in the following areas: grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, codependency, transitions in life, divorce recovery, and women’s issues. One of my other joys is seeing women be empowered through group therapy, as I believe some forms of healing can only come through deeper relationship and community.
When I’m not counseling, I love being with friends, or spending time in nature. I’m also sort of a taste explorer and like trying new recipes. I enjoy spending my weekends with friends, at jazz & art festivals, by the pool, or having cookouts.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I believe it takes much more courage to ask for help than to walk in pain and struggle in your relationships. Being one who has struggled most of my life with asking for help I have learned that in asking for help I am being brave.
Going to therapy and becoming a more authentic you, is a gift that you give to yourself. It is also a gift you give to your family, friends, coworkers and others in your life. I have seen "the power of one" at work in therapy. Often when working with a client I hear from them that people close to them are noticing a change in the client's life and they want to know more about it. When the client begins to share what they are learning about themselves and how they have struggled in relationships their family and friends often desire to grow in the same way and reach out for help. This, to me, is the beauty of community.
I think the sooner we all admit that we are flawed the easier it is to step into life long learning and growing to be all that we were made to be. These flaws often are the avenue to a richer life if we can be brave and reach out for help.
It does not take a lot of courage to remain in silent pain and pretend you are okay. I encourage you to reach out for help and embrace the growth of becoming your more authentic self.