My Approach to Helping
Maya Angelou said, "If you must look back, do so forgivingly, If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully." This is how I view our work together. It's about removing the barriers to living a full life of joy, peace, and love no matter what obstacles we have to overcome.
There are universal experiences that can cause us to question everything we have learned about who we are within ourselves and in connection to others. It’s in these times it can be difficult to meet life on life’s terms; when looking on the bright side, persistence and grit no longer get us through the day. This has been especially true this past year. The most profound change being our ability to be connected to each other and having shared experiences to look forward to. Connection is a foundational requirement for wellbeing and the pandemic has impacted every part of life, including mental health.
I hold a place of understanding, deep compassion, and unconditional positive regard for the individuals, couples, and families I work with. Whether life seems to be moving too fast or everything has become too quiet and you feel stuck, counseling can bring awareness, insight, and resolution to the challenges you are facing.
More Info About My Practice
Through research in neuroscience, we know that talk therapy not only helps us to feel better but it also has the power to change neural pathways in the brain responsible for mood, motivation, and even our thoughts about ourselves and others. Talk therapy for 6 months or more has been proven to strengthen healthy brain connections, reduce symptoms, and maintain mental wellness even years later. Working with a therapist can heal emotional wounds and create a sense of wholeness and balance in life. I work with with clients with the following challenges:
- Depression, loneliness, and feeling stuck
- Chronic stress, anxiety, and anger
- Grief, loss, as well as childhood and adult trauma
- Life transitions and relationship challenges
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Research overwhelmingly shows that counseling heals and creates new pathways in the brain that lead to better health, relationships, peace, and joy in one's life. Most clients find they need at least 8 to 12 sessions; research shows that it can take 6 to 10 months for results to be established and maintained. With that said, each person is unique and counseling should last as long as you need it to restore wellbeing. Sometimes that is a handful of sessions to get back on track and sometimes more time is needed.