My Approach to Helping
I believe each person, family, and couple I meet as a therapist is remarkably brave and resilient in order to take this first step toward finding help. To me, therapy is a collaborative experience in which you and I work together to find creative and strengths-based solutions to the things you identify as being in need of change. I believe each person has unique experiences which shape their path through life, resulting in individualized strengths and perspectives that can be used in our work. In our sessions, I work to create a safe, judgement-free environment in which we can process these experiences, learn from them, and take steps to achieve the goals that are important to you.
More Info About My Practice
I enjoy working with people throughout their lifespan. As time passes, challenges come and go, stressors change, and coping skills can evolve. Therapy can be a short or long term support through any number of changes or challenges, and I am happy to be here for you as often as you need me. I work as a part of a group practice also offering wellness services including massage, health and nutrition coaching, and personal training.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Connection to others is a basic human need, and can be at the core of all different types of presenting problems. I work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of compositions, but the lens I look through is systemic. This means that I will ask some questions about your family of origin, your relationships within your family as well as outside your family, and how you feel you relate to others. It may seem odd or off track at first, but many times we can uncover patterns of interaction this way that are problematic and causing distress, and identify changes that could help.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
It can be a big decision to start attending therapy. Admittedly, I'm biased, but I believe anyone can benefit from therapy. Movies, TV, and other media depictions may not be an accurate portrayal of what therapy is like, and I encourage you to give it a try. Having a person who is there specifically to listen to what you have to say and who will provide you with an outside perspective, support, skills, and empathy can be a rejuvenating experience!
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Finding the right therapist for you can sometimes be a challenge. I truly believe in a collaborative effort, meaning that while I have education, training, and experience as a therapist, I view my clients as the experts on themselves. I welcome your ideas about what you hope therapy will look like, what hasn't worked in the past, and how I can best support you throughout our time together. If you determine that I am not the right therapist for you, that's okay. I'm happy to connect you with another therapist in our group practice who may be a better fit.