My Approach to Helping
Transformation comes through awareness. When we can turn our attention to something in a way that allows for curiosity, reflection, and compassion, we can transform even some of the most difficult or painful circumstances. I believe we all have a fully equipped healing system built into our psyche, much the same as the healing capacity of our skin and our bones. Unfortunately, time does not "heal all wounds" because some things can overwhelm our coping capacity. Sometimes it works for a time to bury it, and sometimes the burying becomes a burden in itself. Sometimes it can even be hard to feel like yourself. My approach to therapy is to start in the present, working to create a greater sense of resiliency and stability. Different things work for different people and I am always open to feedback.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love most about being a therapist is being a part of people getting better. People sometimes ask about my job, "isn't it hard to listen to people's problems all day?" and I always say, "That's not what I do, I get to watch people grow and change and face their struggles courageously, every day." I love my career.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Everyone deserves to feel better, regardless of how great or small your troubles seem in comparison to others. Sometimes people second guess the validity of their needs, and miss out on opportunities because of this. When people aren't sure if therapy will help them, I like to say "the proof is in the pudding!" We can start with 6-8 sessions and see how it is going for you, and you are the ultimate judge of whether this is helping in your life or not.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I personally feel there is nothing more courageous and tough than coming into a room to face yourself, and the things you feel worst about. I work to counter the stigma about mental health by speaking in frank terms with people, and talking openly about what it is like to be here. I am conscious of how people feel about the perception of mental health services and talk with them about how to handle this with people in their life.