My Approach to Helping
Congratulations on taking an important step toward changing your life! Change can feel scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes the journey is long or winding. Change also offers empowerment, healing, and growth. Therapy and counseling offer the changes you need to be at peace. No matter how old you are, you can change. You deserve it!
I’ve been a helping professional for more than 12 years. In that time, I have helped individuals deal with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, low self-esteem, codependency, relationship issues, and much more. I am eager to help you make your goals a reality!
I work under the supervision of Joyce Wagner, PhD, LCSW-R. Please also visit my Facebook page and Instagram at Thriving Therapy, PLLC for more information.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is safe, open, and comfortable. It’s a place where you can work productively. I value your goals. We’ll work together to put them first. Take the time you need to find wellness and balance. You’re worth it.
An important part of my work is fulfilling what I believe is my calling. I am a Christian woman, but I am open to working with individuals from all beliefs and backgrounds. My faith can play a role in our discussions if you like, or it can simply be mine. If you are at a point in life where you are examining spiritual or religious questions, I would be honored to walk along that path with you.
My husband and I are raising one son. This means I struggle with many of the same things you do: seeking balance, self-care, coping in ways that aren't long-term solutions, and maintaining reasonable expectations of myself and others.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
If you go to a treatment program, or doctor or other service provider for that matter, and the session you paid for is not focused on you and your goals: Run! Your therapy session should not be a storytelling session for the therapist; or their own therapy session for that matter.
In many ways, having a therapist or treatment provider who is a match for your cultural identity, gender, substance use background, may not be as helpful as you would imagine. Just because "they've been where I have been" doesn't mean they experienced it, perceived it, or learned from it in a way that will be helpful or useful to your own goal achievement. Too many similarities between a therapist and client may also impair the depth of processing and exploring issues that can be done because one or both assumes they already know the answer.
So if you or a loved one is seeking help, pay attention to the cultural humility of the provider. Listen to the questions that each provider asks and how they respond to your answers. This can help you narrow down your search for the right therapistprogram.