My Approach to Helping
I focus on building a relationship with the client. My first session with a new client I normally gauge what topics someone is comfortable with and look for similarities to establish rapport. It took me three different counselors before I felt comfortable enough to go back to a second and third session, and I never want someone to leave my office unsure of the experience.
I have always noticed that one big difference between myself and other counselors in the field is that I do not ascribe to one specific modality of therapy. I love researching. Whether it be watching YouTube videos about music therapy, going to a training about family systems, reading a book about the empty chair technique, or asking mentors in the for direction or referrals, I want to help you get what you need from therapy.
Since counseling is about you, I want you to know that if you disagree, do not like something I say or do, then you need to tell me. I have found that the people that come into my office willing to be honest and engage in the process are the ones that make change. They chose to put themselves and their mental health first even if that meant risking telling the “counselor” something they may not like or agree with. That. Is. Ok. I am not perfect.