My Approach to Helping
I find that I'm best able to help clients when both the client and myself can be honest and open throughout our experiences in the therapy process. I like to give constructive ideas, interpretations, and suggestions that can better lead clients in a straightforward way. I value and respond to the feedback from my clients. Therapists will talk about the value of the connection between therapist and client, which is true, and I make it a point to check in with my clients on a session-by-session basis that they are getting what they want out of the therapy process. I like to see people succeed, and I want to help them reach those successes as early as they can and be better prepared to handle future problems on their own.
I come from a background of working hard, embracing our flaws, and moving to improve ourselves in a supportive environment. Because of this background, I have found that we can reach our peaks and move onto a stronger and happier life. Sometimes this calls for a little humor, sometimes it's more serious. In either case, it's done with the purpose of reaching our goals.
More Info About My Practice
I love to utilize EMDR in my approach to therapy, whether this is to process past trauma, work through anxiety, or reach your peak performance in competition. If you have questions if EMDR is right for you, please reach out to me. I'm more than happy to answer any questions about it.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Therapy often comes down to the match between therapist and client. Not everyone gets it right the first time, and this works from both the therapist end and the client end. I'm probably not the therapist for everyone, and I'm okay with that. I encourage you to try out a couple of therapists and see the style and personality that works best for you. I'm very open to direct feedback from anyone that I work with, and if there is something that I'm able to change, I'll likely do it. I believe that this whole process works best when you are empowered to speak up for yourself.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Even though I was already in practice, I first got into EMDR after I had been in a cycling accident. After crashing my bicycle and landing face first into a fire hydrant, I ended up breaking both of my jaws and suffering several other injuries. Understandably, I was anxious getting back onto my bicycle. Regular therapy techniques didn't make the feelings any better. I started EMDR as a client, and halfway through the first session, all of those feelings were gone. I went home that afternoon more patient than I had been in years and ready to get back into my old hobby. This opened up my world to getting to a deeper level of practice using this wonderful technique!