My Approach to Helping
I see the rapport between me and my clients as one of the primary elements for a productive, healthy, and safe therapeutic experience and outcome. I offer kindness, compassion, and supportive understanding, as well as strive to create an office environment that feels inviting and warm. Understanding and treating each client and their presenting treatment needs uniquely from a nonjudgmental stance is an additional and very important concept that I incorporate into my therapeutic approach. Ultimately, I believe therapy is a journey that both my clients and I embark on together, a journey which I am honored to be a part of. As challenging as this journey may be at times, I value making it feel as safe, enlightening, and rewarding an experience as possible.
More Info About My Practice
I truly enjoy people and feel quite lucky that I get to become intimately acquainted with them on a daily basis in the work that I do. I also have a strong appreciation for diversity and eclecticism and believe that as human beings we are each comprised of varying shades of difference that create our own individual and unique selves. I try to identify and connect the varying parts or shades that make each individual a whole, and support and educate my clients to do this themselves so as to have a more integrated and balanced self-perspective and approach to life.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe Psychotherapy can assist with creating a more advanced level of self-awareness and self-compassion. When we are able to develop a more comprehensive understanding of ourselves and our unique discomforts and areas of emotional pain, I see this as the most fundamental way to evolve emotionally, better self-soothe, and more effectively create and maintain healthier life experiences and relationships. Just as we are taught to exercise and eat well to manage proper physical health, Psychotherapy metaphorically can assist in properly managing our mental and emotional health.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
It is not uncommon for people to sometimes feel a little or very apprehensive about seeing a Therapist. We live in a society where there exists some cultural norms of autonomy and independence like, "do it yourself", "pick yourself up by the bootstraps", "get over it and move on", "it's not that big of a deal", "be strong", etc. These societal messages and cultural norms can make it very conflicting for people to feel justified in seeking help or extra support from Therapy.
To this I say that as human beings we are social creatures that NEED the support and care from other human beings to maneuver through life efficiently and survive. Therapy by no means equates to weakness. It actually requires a great deal of courage to do what we can fear doing most as human beings, and that is to take an honest look at ourselves and our emotional pain and help ourselves heal and grow.
If therapy turns out to be something you are not ready for or interested in pursuing for whatever reason, then no harm no foul and perhaps I can help you find an alternative solution to deal with your situation.