My specialties are depression and anxiety. One of the things I love most about my job is witnessing transformation in my clients. Some enter my practice with an almost unbearable burden of pain, and leave with the realization that they have what it takes to overcome any struggle they face. For over fifteen years, I have helped clients overcome a wide variety of obstacles including addictions, affairs, and PTSD. I work with individuals, couples, and families, and both adolescents and adults. My office is a calm retreat from the hectic, bustling pace of life. It is a place to learn, laugh, and become a stronger, more resilient person.
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Each person is different. Some individuals may come to therapy ready to discuss everything on their heart, while others may want to dip their big toe in the water before taking the therapy plunge. Both of these approaches are okay. We all have our own comfort levels. Ultimately, therapy is a path to learning more about oneself and one's relationships with others. It is a path that can lead to the kind of life you want.
I offer a non-judgmental listening ear as well as a plethora of information on various topics such as parenting, conflict resolution, and self-care. I consider myself well-read and knowledgeable, but I am also a lifelong learner. My focus is not simply on cognition and mental processes but on helping clients achieve a holistic balance between mind, body, and soul. It is difficult for humans to achieve our goals if we are not healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually. Although I am not a medical doctor, I consider the overall health of the individual and, depending upon the situation, I may offer suggestions within my realm of practice or make referrals to naturopathic doctors, osteopathic physicians, and other qualified professionals. I assist clients with lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet, mindfulness, and relaxation. I also consider spirituality to be a vital part of wellness, and I approach each client from the perspective of their own spiritual values and beliefs.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Over the years, a few of my clients have voiced their embarrassment at having to come to therapy. They have expressed their belief that needing mental health services means that they are somehow defective. When I hear people lament that therapy is a sign of weakness, I think about the words of the Apostle Paul. Paul said, "for when I am weak, then I am strong?" (II Corinthians 12:10). It takes strength to admit that we need help. We show true courage when we are vulnerable and when we acknowledge that there are improvements to be made in our lives. It is easy to flounder in pain. Anyone can do it. It takes a stronger person to reach out of their comfort zone and ask for assistance. I must admit that the stigma some people feel about therapy confuses me. When we have cancer, diabetes, or even a simple cold, we rush to the doctor. We say, "Doc, I'm sick. Please help." Yet when we are hurting mentally, spiritually, or emotionally we often ignore it. Why do some feel that it is more respectable to have a physical illness than a mental or emotional one, when these illnesses typically derive from similar sources (i.e., genes, biology, and life experience)? One of my jobs as a therapist is to remind my clients that despite what they may have been taught growing up or what their friends say, choosing to take good care of themselves is the right choice. I support and applaud my clients for taking steps on their journey to a healthier state of being.