My Approach to Helping
I believe we come into this life with everything we need. Often times the key to recovery is uncovering all the resources we have that have been forgotten. I specialize in trauma recovery and I approach healing from a mind, body, spirit perspective. What are your thoughts and neurological patterns that are stuck and need adjustment? What emotions and sensations are in your body and asking to be released? What belief systems do you have about how you fit into this world and how can they connect you to something bigger than yourself? I use a variety of holistic methods and techniques in my work with clients and will meet you exactly where you are.
More Info About My Practice
I currently see clients virtually via HIPAA compliant video conferencing platforms.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
For as long as I can remember, I have had a basic question in the back of my head: "why are we the way we are?" It was the drive to figure that out that first brought me to the mental health field. What I learned is that the answer to that question is different for everyone. Being a part of others' journeys toward self-discovery is an honor and I consider myself privileged when someone invites me to participate. I am constantly growing alongside my clients and allow their journey to influence my own.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Having good chemistry with your therapist is primary. Although many qualified therapists can help you on your journey of self-discovery and healing, finding someone you "click" with is vital. I consider this exploration one of the most important parts at the beginning of a counseling experience. The alliance between therapist and client has the potential to go so much further when the right fit is found. An appropriate expectation to have is that your therapist is open and honest - especially with feedback that may not be easy to hear. We seek out assistance to get a new perspective from a professional, not to be told what we want to hear. The ideal therapeutic alliance involves both sensitivity to the emotions of the client and a level of honest, direct feedback.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I don't like the term "disorders." Every person, regardless of their life experiences or biology has periods of time in their lives that are a struggle. I believe that much of the way we view or problems is influenced by our childhood and young adult experiences. We develop certain perceptions about life, ourselves and others that can limit our ability to grow and move past our struggles. Having said that, there are also sometimes pre-existing chemical imbalances that make this process more difficult. Although I don't view medication as an independent way to manage emotional problems, it can sometimes be the element that allows talk-therapy to be most productive.