My Approach to Helping
Therapy should be a true partnership that is focused on you and your wants and needs. I'm not here to interject myself or tell you what to do. A good therapeutic relationship is critical to your long-term success and we will work at creating a positive and supportive space.
While counseling can be, at times, inherently uncomfortable or difficult, it's important to make the time as enjoyable and positive as possible. I love using humor to cope with difficult situations and laughing at myself or the world is second-nature. Cultivating positivity is also important so I will focus on supporting you and building on your strengths and successes.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
The trauma and addiction I experienced as a teenager led to some serious mistakes and me changing myself and building a better life. 15 years later, I have learned how to overcome many types of struggles while also learning to help others. My journey has given me a deep empathy and non-judgment for others and an understanding of the patient's perspective in the therapeutic relationship. I have also developed an inner strength, stability, and consistency that is soothing for folks in distress.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The client-therapist alliance is one of the most important factors to success in therapy and we will cultivate it from the very beginning and keep it centered throughout. I will work hard to be someone that you can trust, open up to, and rely on. I will not be critical, judgmental, or shaming and will work to uplift and support you.
I let clients know in the first session that I am open to feedback, whether negative or positive. I want to know how you are experiencing therapy and will modify things if they are not helping you or agitate your symptoms.