My Approach to Helping
As a professional I strive to provide confidential marriage and family therapy to those seeking balance and structure during challenging seasons of life. In my practice I see individuals, couples, families, and groups, with my primary focus being: marriage, parenting, life coaching, relationships, chronic illness, retirement, aging, grief, loss, and stress management.
More Info About My Practice
I work on a fee-for-service only basis.My 50-minute rate is $75 and 30-minute rate is $40. Cash or check are accepted at the beginning of each session. Receipt is provided. Superbill is provided upon request. Please refer to my website for more detail.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I believe that I am well skilled at working with people who find themselves in a state of transition or change, stuck at a crossroads, with difficulty in sorting out options and making decisions they are comfortable with. The fear of change and more specifically, the fear of the unknown, easily gets one stuck, often immobilized. I find myself eager to coach someone through the maze of exploring possibilites to consider in their quest to get out of a rut and back on to a track of moving forward in a direction that makes sense to that person. Movement inspires hope and optimism. Acceptance that any decision and movement is often better than none. If the path taken turns out to be the wrong path, the process can be repeated and another change of direction implemented. I personally strive to move forward, at times anxious or ambivalent, but rarely fearful of exploring or trying a new direction. Change is not always easy, but the outcome, I have learned, it often more meaninful and rewarding that I had dreamed possible!
My Therapy Focus
The focus of my therapy work is to help the client determine where they are and where they want to be, helping them to develop a list of strategies they can practice and use to help themselves reach their goals. I see myself as more of a facilitator and coach rather than an expert. My clients generally know what is best for them. Where they have touble at times is figuring out how to get themselves to that better place then envision. I think it is important to empower my clients, helping them to realize that they have more power and control over their lives than they think. I want to teach someone how to fish so that they will know that can get dinner when they are hungry.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
If any of us want to improve a skill or something in our lives we never question seeking out someone like a piano teacher, or a soccer coach, or a painter who might teach us how to create a scene on a canvas. None of know everything, and most all of us strive to learn new things through out lives. Many people want to develop more meaningful relationships with their spouse and children, or want to feel more comfortable speaking in public at business meetings. There is no shame in seeking out experts in areas where are own skills could stand improvement. I love to ballroom dance. That I seek out lessons and practice with those who are better at dance than I am does not mean I am in an inadequate or horrible dancer. Rather learning to get better at something enhances our sense of self-seteem and well-being, lifts our mood, and strengthens our social networks. We need others to help us grow to become all we want to be in this life.