My Approach to Helping
In couples counseling, I get to the heart of the problem to help you and your partner figure out your own role in the issues. You and your partner will be able to own your problems, understand the other person's perspective, and learn better communication so your partner will finally hear what you're saying before getting defensive. The past does not just "go away" on its own, I provide a safe environment for you and partner to rebuild the broken trust and heal from the problems of the past, even old habits coming from your family of origin.
In individual counseling, I work with people who are recovering from bad relationships. you to help you out of the negative cycles of self- criticism, relationships that leave you unsatisfied or lonely, and to free you from anxiety. You will understand better the family issues you grew up with, stop the self- criticism and negative cycle, understand your feelings better, and change thoughts and behaviors.
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More Info About My Practice
My practice is named Healing Legacy and located in Stow, Ohio. The name reflects my belief that therapy is about healing from the abuse or pain inflicted by family or important relationships in our lives, to stop the cycle of abuse that occurs from generation to generation and change the family tree for the better.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Reasons to not go to therapy:
"I can do it myself" For the most part, I believe you are probably amazingly skilled at surviving your life. I don't doubt or discount your resourcefulness and resiliency. I just think everyone has a blind spot and it helps to see a therapist who can offer a new perspective and give you a hand out of the anxiety or depression that you might not have considered.
"It will open old wounds" You're right about this one. I believe that the trauma that occurs to all of us in life and in our relationships creates a wound, and I create a safe environment for you to feel and work through this pain so it stops bothering you. Aren't you tired of avoiding your pain and distracting yourself all the time?
"It takes too long" The length of time really depends on you. I have seen people get amazing results when they work at it.