My Approach to Helping
Sometimes you're walking along on the journey of life, and then--WHAM!--a great big roadblock gets in your way. Your partner tells you she's leaving. You feel sad and listless, but you don't know why. Your doctor gives you a diagnosis you didn't expect. You notice you're getting more and more anxious. Your father dies. You're almost ready to come out to your parents, but are worried about their response. Whatever you're experiencing, you feel like you've lost the path, and might be starting to worry you'll never get back on it. I believe my role as a counselor is to help you get back on your unique path, to work with you to find routes around or through your roadblocks, and to help you leave behind the things that are slowing you down. Working together and using a variety of therapeutic techniques, we can address the issues that are robbing you of your joy, success, and contentment. An outside perspective on your life can be invaluable. I am first and foremost a good listener. I've been a counselor for a long time-it's pretty hard to shock me, and I'm not here to judge you. I specialize in helping people with chronic health conditions regain balance and control in their lives. I also enjoy working with people who experience depression and anxiety, or difficulty with transitions. I don't claim to have the absolute road map for your life--none of us get those--but I can help you start to pencil out a path that works for you.
More Info About My Practice
LGBTQ individuals and couples are particularly welcome at my practice, for counseling on any issue, not just issues related to sexual orientation. My practice is private pay, I do not bill through insurance. I offer a sliding scale.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Chronic health conditions. Relationship difficulties. Grief and bereavement. Depression. Anxiety.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you're not sure about therapy, I encourage you to schedule a cup of coffee with me. Not an appointment--just a cup of coffee at my office. We can talk about your concerns and discuss whether therapy seems appropriate. Plan to stay for about 30 minutes--I promise not to spring surprise counseling on you! The coffee is on me, and the meeting is free.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I think everyone could benefit from therapy. A caring outsider to listen and point the way is useful for anyone, not solely people with mental illness. Let's go back to that "path" metaphor. If you are on a path that's blocked by a giant boulder, what is the stronger, smarter thing to do: find a way over, around, or through the boulder; or sit down and pretend there's not a boulder in your path? Getting past it! And suppose there's a person who has a whole bunch of useful tools for climbing, chipping away, or exploding boulders. Which is stronger and smarter: asking the person with the tools to help you out; or ignoring the available tools, and throwing yourself repeatedly at the boulder? Use the available tools! Going to therapy means that you are taking a positive and courageous action to improve your life. The fact that you're considering it means you're strong enough to use the tools once you get them.