My Approach to Helping
I am so energized to work with individuals who want something better for themselves! I have been working with couples/individuals/families as a therapist since 2009, and it has been rewarding beyond belief. I am honored to be there during your time of transformation and healing. I have worked with families overcoming a variety of issues ranging from painful traumatic experiences to difficulty adjusting to a new town. Together we will identify your strengths and learn how to utilize them to bring you even closer to achieving your goals. Keep in mind, therapy can be a wonderful experience, but come prepared to work! Change doesn't happen passively and I am both grateful and excited to guide you in your growth or recovery process!
More Info About My Practice
I have specialized training in working with adolescents with high risk challenges such as cutting, teen dating violence/control, sexual trauma, history of abuse, concerns of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, isolation and conflictual family relationships. I also have excellent experience in working with the parent(s) of youth at risk. Additionally, I have found my experience to be beneficial to those who have had a difficult past and are ready to begin to work through it.
With all the love and respect that I have for therapy, I also understand that therapy is not a "one size fits all". While I will work to tailor my approach to fit your needs, to be effective it must start with a connection and a foundation on which trust can be built. For these reasons, please feel welcome to call me for a free phone consultation. I look forward to meeting you on your journey.
I am on the referral list for Victims of Crime compensation program; I accept cash, PayPal and credit cards, and I do offer a sliding scale.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I really love is that I get to get to be part of another person's healing. Just as a doctor heals your physical wounds, I rejoice in helping you heal and find growth in your emotional wounds. As a therapist, we often learn of the most difficult times in a person's life; we witness heart-wrenching pain, and that is often what people think of when I tell them I'm a therapist. The part that no one ever talks about, the part that is truly inspiring, is that we get to see people work THROUGH. We get to help people find hope and strength where hope and strength are nowhere to be found. This is different and looks different for each person, but no matter where you are on your journey, there is no judgment. I just feel lucky to get to be a part of it.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
A common concern I am faced with, typically at the beginning of therapy is, "does this mean I'm crazy?" No, going to therapy does not mean you are crazy and it most certainly does not mean you are weak. Going to therapy means you are insightful, strong and brave. It takes insight to know when something is not quite right; strength to take that deep breath and ask for help; and courage to follow through and quiet the urge to continue the patterns of your past. I truly believe that every person, couple or family could benefit to some degree from therapy. This is different from talking to your best friend. A therapist can offer an objective perspective and help you tap into resources you never knew you had. A therapist is there for you with your needs and your goals in mind and with a drive to help you achieve them. Therapy takes work and it can sometimes feel painful, so, no, going to therapy does not mean you are weak. As for flawed, aren't we all flawed? Our flaws are what make us beautiful and unique; learning to embrace that which makes us unique can lead to a wonderfully rich existence.