My Approach to Helping
I am passionate about helping people develop a healthy relationship with their emotions through understanding, experiencing, and learning appropriate expression. I believe that even the most competent individuals can feel emotionally overwhelmed or find themselves feeling numb to their emotions. It is my desire to help you find peace and discover a more fulfilling life. If you are struggling with anxiety, grief, stress, depression, uncertainty, or a life transition, I can help you make sense of what you are going through.
Gaining insight into our emotions also improves our relationships with others and our ability to connect in a deeper way. I love working with couples for this reason. Helping them resolve the distress between them leads to rediscovering love and safety in one another. Satisfaction and joy in life are dependent on this kind of connection in our relationships.
With both couples and individuals, I primarily use Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and work from a perspective of Attachment Theory. I believe that therapy is a joint effort, combining my expertise and your own developing awareness to make progress towards your goals. I would like to work with you in order to help you find fulfillment within yourself and your relationships. A better life is possible!
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I consider it a privilege to come alongside someone and to be a part of their journey. My favorite element of being a therapist is walking with a person through a breakthrough moment, which can sometimes be difficult for them as they are recognizing the old way doesn't work for them anymore and working to internalize something new. Afterwards, it is so rewarding to see the amazement on their face in the coming weeks as they realize the progress they have made since their new realization. It is also so much fun to connect with my clients through finding helpful analogies that can give them a new way to think about their situation.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Therapy is for anyone wanting to grow in their lives, get through a particular mental health challenge, or to get a different perspective on something they are struggling with. Sometimes there is a stigma that people who come to therapy are crazy, incapable, or have given up, but this is simply not the case. In my experience, I have found it to be quite the opposite. It takes a certain bravery and a very capable individual, family, or couple to reach out and admit they need assistance. Often in order to do so, their desire to grow or the pain they are in has to become bigger than the fear of therapy or discomfort of change.
Everyone encounters difficulties in life. Some are easy to navigate on our own and, perhaps with some help from family or friends, we figure it out and move on. Other difficulties feel more like trying to find our way in the dark, and no matter how hard we try, there seems to be no way out.
It is often these circumstances that bring us to the point where we feel a therapist, who has specific training and a fresh viewpoint outside of our daily lives, may have some helpful insight. Coming to therapy is an opportunity to get a different perspective on your situation and learn a new approach. As a therapist, I believe that human beings are wired to need others and that just because you have encountered a blockade on your own does not mean that you have failed.