My Approach to Helping
My name is Jamie and I hope to have the opportunity to help you find sustainable wellness and discover your own fortitude in those moments you feel overwhelmed, irritable, and exhausted. From the first time we meet and on, I focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship and on working together to determine the best treatment approach specifically tailored to you. Building a strong relationship within the context of our therapy together helps build resiliency so you can move forward with your life. It allows us to discover underlying patterns, beliefs, emotions, and thoughts that influence how you as a unique individual manage your suffering, and how to use that information to bring about lasting change to lead you towards healthier, happier living.
More Info About My Practice
I work with individuals rather than couples or families, and have particular experience helping those struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, family conflict, and stress management.
I specialize in working with survivors of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and with first responders and medical personnel managing the complexities associated with their careers.
I also help adolescents and adults when behavioral concerns (such as defiance, aggression, suicidal thoughts or actions) have resulted in academic, social, familial, or legal difficulties.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
In order for therapy to bring about the change, hope, and peace that you are looking for, you need to be able to trust the process and engage with it. To do this, there is one thing you need more than anything else - and that is to feel comfortable with and connected to your therapist. I strongly believe that this in and of itself is one of the most important aspects of therapy. To be able to share thoughts and feelings that you haven't shared with others, to look at events and moments that you would rather forget, to be able to have fruitful conversations about your best and worst experiences - these pieces of the process necessitate the development of a strong alliance with your therapist.
This alliance is built first upon first impressions in the initial appointment, and deepens over time, week by week. The anonymity and confidentiality associated with therapy adds to the depth of this alliance. Being a therapist, I take this into great consideration as a part of my practice. If you have been dissatisfied in the past with therapy, perhaps you were unable to find that connection. I urge you not to give up but rather to keep at it - try again. The next therapist you meet with may be the person you are best able to connect with.
In my work, if you choose to begin therapy with me, this remains an open discussion point with me. I believe that my non-judgmental approach, openness, and genuine care for my fellow human enables me to build alliances with my clients - but, if you meet with me and determine I am not the best fit for you, we will work together to identify the cause and connect you with someone who can meet your needs.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Up to this point, you may have been able to successfully manage whatever obstacles life threw your way. You were able to cope and continue on without feeling distress, frustration, or uncertainty. Sometimes, however, the ways we dealt with the obstacles of the past, stop working; or, they aren't effective in handling the specific issues you are dealing with now. Seeking therapy enables you to have a safe, neutral place to explore these concepts and receive reflection and guidance so that you can once again manage the trials and challenges that present themselves. Personal growth and increased awareness are signs of strength that can benefit you for the rest of your life.