My Approach to Helping
Have you awakened to realize you are lost and not sure how you got here or how to get out? Are you feeling stuck, unsupported, and hopeless?
We sometimes find ourselves in situations that overwhelm and/or confuse us and it is helpful to have an outside perspective that can help us to navigate and move forward in our lives. I am passionate about coming alongside those who are hurting and feeling hopeless to help them identify things from the past that are impacting the present, to recognize obstacles both within oneself and outside, and to gain insight that will help them to not only heal their current hurt but guide their future as well. I strive to create a safe, compassionate environment where you feel understood, supported, and empowered as you work through the therapeutic process.
More Info About My Practice
My approach to therapy includes both working through the here-and-now issues, as well as exploring family of origin relationships and experiences that may be contributing to current issues. I believe that we repeat patterns that we are not aware of and it is important to begin to recognize those long-held patterns in order to change them and create a healthier pattern.
I also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to address negative thinking, self-criticism, and false beliefs that keep you stuck. It is important to recognize that many of us struggle in some way with negative thinking patterns but it is possible to change them and thereby change our experiences.
My Role as a Therapist
Many people believe that they go to therapy to get advice. They believe the therapist is the expert who will give them the answer they need. While I do consider myself an expert in the field of counseling, I am not the expert on you. Only you are the expert on you. My role as a therapist is to help you explore yourself, your past experiences, beliefs, values, relationships, etc. that have shaped you, for better or worse, and to gain the necessary insight to find healing, make a change, and/or find peace. I am here beside you, not ahead of you. Therapists have a special skill to be able to help you find the answers within and to empower you for change. You have to be the one to change, I cannot do it for you - but I will be your support.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I have encountered people who have had negative therapy experiences that taint their view of therapy in general. Some have had therapists who talked too much or didn't seem caring enough. Some people had experiences of being forced into therapy as a child or teenager, which left them believing therapy wasn't helpful. Whatever your experience has been, I encourage you to give it another shot. Not every therapist is going to be right for you and you may go to a couple before you find the one you feel comfortable with - that's okay! One of the most important aspects of therapy is having a good relationship with your therapist - someone you can trust and you feel understands you. I believe there is a good therapist out there for you, even if it isn't me.