My Approach to Helping
It is my number one goal as a therapist to make sure you feel understood and safe in your therapy session. It is difficult in our daily life's to have the freedom to be who we truly are and in some cases it is difficult to even know who that person is. In therapy you are able to explore the parts of yourself that may have become suppressed due to life's stresses. By being able to explore and accept yourself fully you are able to see life a little more clearly. This can be a lengthy and somewhat daunting task. It is my job as a therapist to make it as comfortable and freeing as possible.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
It has been my pleasure to watch couples move from distress to securely attached. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy helps you and your partner reconnect on a deeper level.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Couples are able to step out of the fight and start to see the dance they are both caught in. When partners start to see there is nothing wrong with them or their partner and its the repetitive negative pattern that needs to be addressed they start to see the common issue and work together to overcome it.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is to provide a safe healing environment so that individuals and couples may come and feel secure in exploring difficult emotional areas.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I am honored every time an individual or couple allows me to explore their situation with them. The role of the therapist is unlike any other, to be able to see couples and individuals move through difficult situations and realize they have the ability to overcome any situation is a truly rewording experience.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is one of a companion or a fellow traveler in this great journey of life. At times I might take the role of educator simply to point out a strength my client did not realize they possessed but then I will rejoin the client to sift through the vast emotional forest we all have within us. In couples counseling I view my role as an "emotional couch" helping my clients understand why they have certain emotional reactions to their partner.
My Therapy Focus
The focus of my therapy can vary greatly depending on what concerns my clients want to work on. In general though I would say the focus of my therapy is aimed at helping the individual gain insight into who they are and what they are experiencing so that they can work through difficult situations onto a more fulfilling life. In couples counseling my focus is on helping the couple feel safe and secure with each other.