My Approach to Helping
I am dedicated to helping my clients live a fuller life through personal growth and development by increasing insight, understanding triggers and emotional reactions, and improving interpersonal relationships. I believe our unique experiences shape who we are and how we react to situations. Sometimes these reactions are helpful, and other times they are distracting, even harmful. I can help identify patterns that may have been helpful at one time but are no longer serving you well, and replace them with adaptive responses that align with your goals and desired ways of functioning.
There are times when life can be so overwhelming that it consumes every part of us, affecting our productivity, how we see ourselves, and how we connect to others. Reaching out for guidance is the first step on the path towards emotional well-being. You have the power to move forward and overcome life's obstacles. I would like to provide the space and tools you need to improve what isn't serving your needs, goals, and life at this time. With a customized plan, we can begin the healing process, bringing clarity and relief at a time when it is needed most. I have helped clients navigate through struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal connection, relational difficulties, communication problems, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, goal-attainment, family conflict, grief and loss, coping with life transitions, and more.
Please contact me to discuss your particular needs or to schedule an appointment. I can be reached by text, call, or email. I offer a 15 minute phone consultation, at no charge.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to guiding you towards your freedom within through personal therapy.
More Info About My Practice
I draw from several different modalities to create treatment plans that are tailored to meet each of my client's specific needs and preferences through talk therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Attachment techniques; I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for trauma resolution. I completed the EFT externship where I studied directly under the creator and founder, Dr. Sue Johnson, clinical psychologist, author, researcher, professor, and innovator in the field of couples' psychology. In EFT, we explore the patterns in your relationship that aren't working for you, create a more secure bond, and increase trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction. EFT techniques are helpful outside of couples work as well, and can be used to improve interpersonal relationships (i.e., building maintaining friendships and workplace interactions), family dynamics, and communication skills. Attachment work explores our early experiences that affect how we see ourselves and relate to others. The focus is on expressing emotions and rebuilding trust to promote healthy adult relationships, improved levels of self-worth, and decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression. EMDR is an integrative approach involving the reprocessing of traumatic memories on a neurological level to treat a variety of presenting problems, including panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, general anxiety, PTSD, stress reduction, sexual andor physical abuse, body image issues, anger- management, and more.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
One of the things I hear most from my clients is, "I wish I had started sooner." Now, I don't say this so people start "should-ing" on themselves (I should have started sooner,?I should have done this or that...). There are so many reasons why we hesitate to commit to therapy: lack of time, finances, skepticism, fear-- fear of change, fear of judgment (from the therapist or those around us), fear of facing the parts of ourselves we may have chosen to overlook, fear of emotional pain--and all of these concerns are valid! But prioritizing our mental health is so important. We are worth the weekly time, and the cost (there are options for all budgets, I understand therapy can be expensive), we wonder if life can really be different from all we have known, and yes, therapy can touch on some painful parts of ourselves, both past and present. But your therapist is an ally and support to guide you towards healing. Your therapist will not judge you, or the parts that you may judge, yourself. Participating in therapy is not a sign of weakness, or being flawed, or admitting that there is "something wrong with you;" quite the opposite. Therapy is a commitment to ourselves to change the things that simply don't work for us anymore. Therapy is the place to heal the wounded parts of us with someone who can understand and sit with us in these painful moments. It is never too late to start therapy, to start healing, to make some changes, to want to feel better, to do things differently, to see things differently. Whatever your goals for therapy may be, reach out and ask whatever questions you have, talk about your fears and concerns, and I will be happy to answer your questions and find the best therapeutic solution, even if that is how to search for another therapist that better meets your needs. Connecting with your therapist is important! Call around and just chat for a few minutes. You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain.