My Approach to Helping
Sometimes as human beings, we feel the need to segregate parts of ourselves to make others or our environments safer and more comfortable. At work, we may let our structured, formal-self show, while pushing away our sensitivity and personal identity. In our community, we may feel comfortable to express our sexuality, but hide our spirituality for fear of rejection. The result is a fragmented human, with nowhere to be fully alive, to be entirely you.
When I approach therapy, all parts of people belong, even the ones that seem completely contradictory. My job is walking with you through a path where the destination is blurry. We may explore old side trails, acknowledging how the past forms who you are, but also how it might no longer serve you. I help people as they gain their own awareness, discover both who they are and who they want to be, become integrated, and begin to see how to live authentically. All the while, striving to create a supportive therapeutic relationship where people feel safe to explore new paths as well, and know that they belong, no matter who they are. When their destination is clear, I step aside, knowing they are capable without me, and I will always remain to cheer them on.
I use an adaptable approach to fit every client and the unique human being that they are. Sometimes this includes art or movement, writing or speaking, exploring or resting, process or content, and it almost always includes humor.