My Approach to Helping
I believe that we are all capable of making changes to improve our lives, whether these are long-term struggles or new challenges. Using my training and professional experience, I provide guidance to individuals who desire positive life changes. I see my role as a supportive collaborator in the client's process, helping them to set goals and move toward them. I work collaboratively with each individual, couple, or family, using methods and techniques personalized to the client's needs. I help each client to gain insight and build on their strengths, to attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
More Info About My Practice
My fee is $100, and at this time I accept only cash or checks.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have had many years experience working with women (and their families) with histories of trauma and substance abuse and have found this work extremely rewarding. I consider it a privilege to be part of another's healing journey.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
There are as many different ways that psychotherapy can be helpful as there are reasons that people seek it. For some, just being heard by an impartial, compassionate, insightful listener is such a powerful experience that they can begin to make their own changes by having felt heard and supported. Other people come to therapy because they're "stuck". Good therapy can help the individual to clarify issues, gain new insights, and learn skills to reach their goals. A therapist assesses how a family interacts, what role each person plays, and uncovers the roots of issues from previous generations. Therapy can help clients to identify limiting beliefs, learn how to challenge them, and substitute new empowering beliefs. Clients may have conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder which have never been diagnosed or treated. Therapy could help them find further medical treatment, and support them through the process and teach skills to live positively with the condition. Trauma survivors can learn how to increase feelings of safety, improve self care, lower their anxiety, and learn skills to stop or avoid triggering new trauma responses. Issues involving families of origin can be explored so that new healing can begin from old pain. Clients recovering from chemical dependence can get additional support for recovery.