My Approach to Helping
Are you worried? Having trouble getting unstuck? Caught in an unhealthy pattern or relationship? Let me help. I have worked all kinds of people for more than 15 years and would like to help you understand yourself and begin enjoying life again. I have experience in helping with anxiety and depression, assisting older adults as well as their partners and caregivers negotiate the end of life; people who have been incarcerated or have legal problems for whatever reason; people recovering from addiction; trauma survivors; people with relationship challenges and changes; people who are trying to stay in recovery from serious mental illness; and people who don't fit stereotypical gender roles or who have non-traditional relationships.
More Info About My Practice
I primarily use cognitive-behavioral therapy. I also rely on humanistic, mindfulness, and insight-oriented approaches. I have faced hard times myself, and want to show you how to get through your own struggles. I promote my own wellness through music, spirituality, positive relationships, and yoga.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I have had personal and professional experience helping people deal with many issues, including grief due to suicide, anger and grief due to divorce, fear due to legal issues and struggles with addictions and compulsions. Because I have been through some of these things myself, I hope I'm better able to empathize with you and less likely to blame anybody for being who they are and going through what they've gone through.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
A lot of times people think therapy means seeing a therapist every week for months or years, but I've found that for many people it doesn't take that long to get them on the right road so they can get on with their lives in a healthier, happier way. For sure there are some issues that may require ongoing therapy, but many problems we have are due to transitions that are scary or painful in the beginning, but which are really new ways opening that can eventually lead to better places. I think of therapy as sort of like getting an oil change. You need to do it every once in awhile to keep things running smoothly. At first you may need to come every week for a complete overhaul, but then things often start looking better, and coming in once in awhile will keep life moving along.