My Approach to Helping
As a marriage and family therapist, I have made it my life's work to help good people transform their pain into healing and to regain a positive outlook for the future. I am thankful for this because there is nothing I treasure more than the opportunity to watch my clients experience the mending of their hearts, minds, relationships, and other aspects of their lives that they had previously believed to be eternally broken. To get there, my clients and I work to build necessary coping skills and make appropriate shifts in perception that will ultimately lead to greater clarity. This process allows clients to recognize their underlying strengths and that (believe it or not) they still have so much more left to give despite feelings of hopelessness and exhaustion. In fact, a major part of this strength in clients is already presented by their decision to schedule a therapy appointment in the first place. It's not easy, but what we are looking for from life is often a whole lot closer than we would ever think... like usually just outside of our comfort zones. I happily dedicate my life to helping my clients get there and start living the healthier lives they've been fighting so hard for.
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Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
One statement that I often make to clients is this: "You're not here (in therapy) because you're crazy... you're here because you need help dealing with all the craziness "'out there".
I say this not to excuse my clients from any part(s) they've had in the development of their problems, but because throughout my work as a therapist, I continuously notice the several positive qualities my clients share. For example, one of these qualities is a big heart. Why would a big heart land someone in therapy? Well, for one, a big heart often means neglecting one's self physically, mentally, and/or emotionally for others. A lack of balance like this often leaves one feeling drained, used, and extremely confused in regard to "why don't others care the way that I do?".
It is true that we all should, in theory, have big hearts and show care for those who care for us, however, the even exchange and expectation of such is not always realistic (hence the craziness "out there" remark). With this, I can easily understand the hurt and frustration of those sitting in my office, as they suffer unnecessarily from something as innocent as loving "too well".
Having a big heart doesn't mean that you're crazy or weak, right? So it is crucial to note that most other issues that land people in therapy are just as understandable. I help clients work through their misguided strengths and misguided, good intentions so they can finally see the results they deserve.
Only the strong get there.