My Approach to Helping
If I had to sum up what supports healthy growth and change, it would be connection. I became a couple and family therapist because I believe that there are few things as rewarding as building a relationship with people and sitting with them through their challenges until such time that they reach their goals.
In our relationship, you will be heard rather than told what to believe about yourself or your relationship with your partner(s) or children. I work to learn from you how the problem that brings you to therapy is affecting your life (your ability to live your life, your connection to others, your hopes for the future) and to support you seeing yourself as a person and not a problem. Learning from you will also give me a roadmap to adapt to your unique needs as you clarify and or share your beliefs, values, and skills related to the problem.
With this approach and the information I learn from you, we will collaborate to create and to achieve measurable goals. It is not my goal to keep life-long clients, but to work myself out of the job because you have accomplished the work you set out to do and have a plan to continue living out your success.
More Info About My Practice
Relational Roots, LLC guards your confidentiality and practices social-justice in therapy. This means that I am continually working to be aware of how race, income, education, sexual orientation, gender, ability status, and other identities influence our relationship in therapy. You can expect me to be accountable for any bias or prejudice as well as creating a safe, judgment-free space for you to be in.
A standard 55-minute session is $120. I also offer reduced fee options for OpenPath members.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have been trained in and offer LGBTQ* affirmative therapy which means that you can expect me to not treat your sexual orientation andor gender identity as a clinical diagnosis but as a natural part of being human. Topics of interest in this work include LGBTQ* identity development and integration, the coming out process (though not a requirement to be LGBTQ*), the effects of religious exclusion and inclusion, and how all of these can influence your relationship with your family andor partner(s).
I have been trained in and offer trauma-informed therapy which means that I can support you in building your skills to manage the effects of trauma (e.g., flashbacks, angeraggression, difficulty trusting others). My approach generally stems from narrative therapy where we work to retell the story of trauma by finding overlooked skills, abilities, and beliefs that can be employed to support hope. I also can offer a variety of skills that can help you help your mind and body feel safe when you are re-living the experiences of trauma.