My Approach to Helping
Do you feel like you don't fit in? Like people don't understand you? Do you put on a cheery face or avoid people so they won't see the won't see the messy and flawed parts? Does it get exhausting? Starting therapy is both brave and an act of self-love. Congratulations on deciding to take this step! Therapy with me involves our taking a journey together in which we co-create a safe, respectful, trusting environment so that you can express yourself authentically and heal. This journey can involve talking, art activities, or meditation. It often involves focusing on coping skills and communication skills. It usually involves my helping you identify your needs and helping you come up with a plan to get them met. It always involves my providing emotional support and encouragement. Let me help you acknowledge the positive in yourself, which in turn can help you work through the aspects of yourself that you want to improve.
You and I share similar needs, including a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, a feeling that we make a difference, having a safe place to express ourselves, and feeling connected. I believe that creativity, self-expression, authenticity, and the ability to acknowledge needs and emotions are intrinsic to feeling whole. Therefore, I will help you focus on these issues so that you can achieve your goals.
More Info About My Practice
I have 18 years of experience in the helping profession and have been practicing as a licensed psychotherapist for the past 10 years. During this time, I have helped children, teenagers, adults, and families resolve conflicts and successfully cope with adverse physical, mental and behavioral health issues. I also have treated homeless military veterans as well as individuals with intellectual issues, posttraumatic stress, eating disorders, codependency, domestic violence, and chemical dependency.
My counseling approach is strength-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed. I offer a range of services, including art therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. As a bilingual person who speaks Spanish and English, I am equipped to provide effective care to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
addictions (including substance-abuse, love addiction, food addiction)
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Asking for help is a strength. The following quote is one of my favorites:
"Courage isn't not being afraid; it's being afraid and stepping into the darkness anyway."
--attributed to multiple sources
In other words, doing or looking at something uncomfortable or scary takes courage. It's very common for us to tell ourselves that something "shouldn't" bother us, that we should just "suck it up", or if we were stronger we would have different feelings about a situation. Sometimes we think we shouldn't have feelings about a situation at all. Often this type of thinking prompts us to ignore our feelings. Consequently, our feelings get suppressed. In reality, human beings need each other and have a wealth of emotions that need to be attended to, not ignored. When we suppress our feelings, they often bubble up in ways that negatively affect our sense of self, our relationships, or other areas of our lives. When we acknowledge our feelings, we aren't being weak; we are treating ourselves with love and are being courageous.