My Approach to Helping
Life can be challenging. We learn so many things growing up that no longer serve us when we are adults. I believe that people grow and change through connection with others. It is our relationships with one another that often cause us the most distress. These can be our current relationships or relationships from our past. Believe it or not, just the very act of sitting in a validating, non-judgmental space, can help people begin to understand themselves in a whole new way; a healing way.
As a therapist, I have been told that I am warm, accepting and very easy to talk to. People often feel embarrassed about what they need to share. My goal as a therapist is to offer a truly safe space for full exploration. In my office, you can talk about anything! I believe that each person has their own path and do not impose any agenda or external forces onto my clients. I work to understand how my clients view the world so that I can understand how to best help them to achieve their goals.
If a client struggles to identify goals, I gladly work alongside them to help formulate and identify areas in their life that they would like to improve or explore more deeply. I aim to put clients at ease. I am always open to feedback and encourage a collaborative approach, while feeling very comfortable and able to guide when needed. From me, you can expect an honest, open approach that uses humor, when appropriate, along with deep respect and reverence for the challenges you are facing.
More Info About My Practice
My fees are $120 for 45 minutes with a sliding fee scale option for those who need it. Upon request, I am happy to provide a detailed receipt for you to file with your insurance company. I do not take insurance at this time.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am skilled at helping people recognize repeating patterns that may be causing distress. Just because we do things a certain way does not mean that we have to continue in this manner...we can change. The human brain can change. Our behavior can change! I am very patient throughout this process and work to help you find patience with yourself.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
For many people, therapy can feel like a "luxury". However, with the right therapist, the work that you will do can change every aspect of your life. Therapy can help you understand yourself and others better, improve your relationships, reduce your anxiety, improve your depression, address and improve your work life, support your physical well-being as well as your mental health, and much more.
My Role as a Therapist
As I see it, my role as a therapist is to assist you in improving your life. I do not pretend to know more than you about your life. What I do have is a specific set of skills aimed at guiding and supporting you into finding your best life. My role is to be present with you through challenging realizations and celebrate with you through successes. I have many years of experience working with very complex issues. I look forward to the opportunity to help you start to live a better life!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Most people can feel on the fence about an issue at one time or another. If you're unsure about therapy or whether or not I am a good fit for you, I offer a free 30-minute face-to-face consultation. If you prefer to talk over the phone, we can do that too. But I like to invite you to my office, let you get a feel for your surroundings and determine whether or not it is a good fit for you...and I don't think you should have to pay for that!
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Did you know that research shows that as much as 90% of therapeutic change can be attributed to the quality and strength of the therapeutic relationship? What that means is the relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important factor! Have you had a bad experience in therapy? I want to hear all about it. Let's figure out what went wrong and work to correct it. Not every therapist is a good fit for every client. Sometimes the match is just downright awful. With my open and honest approach to therapy, I encourage feedback and continually work to improve our relationship so that you can get the most out of our time together.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Many people ask me: "How do I choose a therapist?" Across the board I answer this: Make sure you pick someone you feel comfortable talking to. Once you have that figured out, the rest will usually fall into place. Ask to meet your therapist face-to-face. Make sure you like your surroundings and feel safe in their office. In my opinion, you should not have to pay for this, so make sure you are not being charged to determine this important part of the work!