My Approach to Helping
Are you the victim of childhood abuse, sexual assault, loss or other trauma? Do any of these experiences haunt you now or are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or low self-worth? Starting counseling can be very frightening, especially when you have experienced reasons to distrust and fear others. I provide a safe and accepting environment to help you overcome your past. Working together, counseling will help you move towards a better life. My clients are heard, valued, and challenged to look at themselves in an honest and compassionate way. They learn and develop new coping skills and find insight and understanding through our work together.
More Info About My Practice
I work with clients in a holistic manner and acknowledge and work with the physical, social, emotional, and environmental variables that may be contributing to their difficulties and that can be part of their healing.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
Getting to know people for whom they truly are and helping them to see their own unique beauty, strength, and resilience.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Before scheduling an appointment, we usually will speak briefly on the phone. During this time I will ask about the reason you are seeking counseling, your past history of counseling and give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. This ensures that I have the experience you are seeking, that we both have a sense on whether we are a good fit, and usually helps you be more informed of the process.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
It is very hard to choose a therapist. You are trying to pick someone based on our profiles and this can be very overwhelming. We list problems we treat, various modalities we utilize and you are expected to pick someone based on this. However, one of the most important variables in how successful therapy will be for you is the relationship between you and the therapist. I encourage you to ask lots of questions or share a little of your issues on the phone before you start with a new therapist. Notice how you feel while you are speaking with them, and listen to your intuition. Therapy is not about having something "done to you". It is a collaborative process where you are encouraged to explore yourself and often your past as well. This takes courage and risks. You may not know by the end of the phone conversation if that therapist is right for you and it is okay to meet with them and change your therapist if you don't feel heard, understood or that they are willing to work towards your goals. However, that initial phone conversation can give you a lot of information as well. Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is important to your recovery or healing process. Give me a call to find out if I am a good fit for you or for more information.