My Approach to Helping
To begin therapy is to stand at the threshold of change. It takes courage to examine the personal and emotional obstacles which you may now be facing, such as chronic anxiety and stress, career challenges, relationship issues or life transitions. Crossing that threshold is an expression of curiosity; a personal "Yes!" to exploring and enhancing your own growth. Change is not only possible, it is inevitable. Neuroscientists have discovered that the brain never ceases to grow and change during the course of our entire lives. New connections are always being made. The implications of this are huge. We can heal. We can change. We can learn. We can develop new ways of looking at the world.
I chose to become a psychotherapist because it’s a role that reflects my personality, but also because it’s a profession that challenges me to develop over my career life; to continue to grow with age and experience. My style is very interactive. I will be in relationship with you as an active participant in your healing. I will engage in lively dialogue with you to help you reach your goals. I offer an environment which is nurturing, supportive, compassionate, and free from judgment or negativity. My counseling practice is committed to make that process as comfortable as possible. Contact me by phone or email if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.
More Info About My Practice
Experience Counts! I have been in practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 20 years. Clients have described me as personable, intuitive, current in the field of psychology, and highly professional. I have a direct approach and prefer understanding client’s struggles in the context of their lives rather than labeling them with a diagnosis. I believe that most client concerns do not stem from mental illness, but rather are normal and expected results of living in our fast paced era. My commitment is to partner with you in Opening Doors to explore new vistas of personal growth in your life.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Perhaps you are considering counseling but still have some questions or concerns such as:
*Afraid of the stigma attached to professional counseling. We are socially conditioned to be self-reliant, but there is great power and wisdom in reaching out for help when you are stuck. Plus, therapy is all about helping you solve your problems in the short-term while providing you with the tools and skills to overcome future issues on your own. By working with a therapist, you are taking steps directly on your own to overcome obstacles. And there is certainly no shame in that.
*How long will therapy take? Depending on your goals and expectations for therapy, you may need only a few sessions to course-correct. Or you may benefit from utilizing my support for a few months. Regardless of your situation, you get to decide the duration of our relationship. And if you find you need additional support in the future, my door is always open.
*How do I know if counseling will work? Truthfully, there is no magic formula for healing and self-improvement. It?s just something you have to work at. But teaming up with a therapist in a collaborative effort to heal yourself or find solutions is extremely effective because you don?t have to come up with all the answers on your own. Regardless of what is going on in your life, just being able to confide in someone can be incredibly helpful and provide a sense of relief. There?s no harm in trying, so why not take a chance on a better life?