My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is one of empowerment and self-discovery. I emphasize working with individual and families in a collaborative environment to help them realize their inner strength and resiliency. With the use of self exploration and mindfulness techniques clients discover how to overcome and work through the issues or areas of need. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I place equal emphasis on the individual as well as the relationships we have. Being part of a larger system, such as a family or a community, can have a large impact on who we are and how we think.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I see therapy as a collaboration between the client and the therapist. The two individuals (or therapist and family) work together to explore the current dynamic within the individual. The two partners develop a trusting relationship that allows space for the work to occur. Each therapist is different especially in regards to approach, method, and/or framework. There are times when a person and therapist just don't match. When this occurs therapy can feel like a chore and be extremely unsuccessful. Finding the right fit should help make therapy a more positive, enjoyable experience
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
While in today's society there is a stigma that follows therapy. Society tells us that we should be strong, independent and able to handle our emotions and distress on our own. However, I see the opposite. For someone to realize their stress and needs are too much to manage on their own and to ask for help is a sign of strength. It takes a strong person to buck the norm and go against societies roles.