My Approach to Helping
I love helping people. Children, teens, adults, couples or families. Female, male, neither or both. Straight, gay, bi or none. Rich, poor or in-between. Married, single, divorced or poly. People!
I don't consider myself an expert on anything, but I'm curious, really good at asking questions, and have been pretty successful helping people figure stuff out.
My approach to behavior is simple: we do our best to adapt to what the world throws at us. Sometimes we need some help figuring out what to do. Sometimes what used to work doesn't anymore. Sometimes what we have done has never worked, but we kept trying because we couldn't figure out another way. None of this makes us "bad" people. Sometimes we just need a little help.
Talk to me. I'd love to sit down with you so we can figure out together how I can help.
More Info About My Practice
A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I'm well prepared to help people and families dealing with a wide range of issues. I'm trained in a variety of "evidence-based" therapy approaches (meaning they have been shown to work), including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
I'm also pretty good at working with "normal" people who are dealing with temporary or chronic stress in their lives.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
What is "psychotherapy?" Well, it can be a lot of things, depending on your needs. In my perfect world, psychotherapy is two (or more) people getting together, learning to understand one another, so one person (the therapist) can help the other. Of course, that makes it sound like the flow is one-way. The truth is, I get as much out of the relationship as the "client." I'm just another person; one with a specific skill-set preparing me to help, but only human. So...the therapy process helps me to grow as a person. Every person I get to know contributes to my ability to help the next. It's a beautiful thing!