My Approach to Helping
I believe that psychotherapy/counseling is a special kind of care that is available to you when you feel in emotional distress for whatever reason. This includes making connections--the sense that you and I are walking this journey together. This also involves seeing you as a person not a "problem". Thus, getting to know you is exciting and valuable to the whole process. I am also offering solid responses, being there for you, and consistent interactions which allow for safety and trust. Together we work out solutions, healing, and new choices. All along we are developing a new sense of empowerment and way of being. I invite you to take this journey with me.
More Info About My Practice
I use a sliding scale for session charges.
My office is very close to GA 400, between exits 14 and 15, off of Highway 9 (Atlanta Highway). It is easily accessible from Alpharetta, Buford, John's Creek, Suwanee, and Sugar Hill.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Among other things, I need to know that the person is ready to commit to the counseling process. Also, I need to know about their background and specific desires for change. Furthermore, I would want to know why they are choosing to come for counseling at this present time.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe the client-therapist relationship is one of the most important aspects of counseling. When there is that bond that includes trust and respect the client is able to open up and move into a much deeper part of her/himself. It is there that change will take place. As a sense of genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy is established this produces the kind of "soil" for true change to flourish and grow. I want my clients to know that I am ethical, professional, and keep good boundaries which provides a place of safety for them to reach the goals they wish to achieve.