My Approach to Helping
Clients love my genuine, straightforward approach. I believe therapy should be a safe space to deal with painful feelings and events. I help provide understanding and clarity, normalize how it makes sense we feel and behave, and offer useful guidance.
When we have a chance to be heard and understood it helps us feel normal and valued. The root of most issues, individually and in relationships, is not feeling valued, worthy, or understood. Anxiety, depression, conflict, and disconnection are symptoms of these larger, root problems.
In the first session, I'll ask you, "What brings you to therapy?" Clients share their problems. I immediately start listening, mapping out the problem, and formulating solutions.
What you can expect from me: I am genuine, trustworthy, non-shaming, non-judgmental, and use effective methods. I will collaborate with you to achieve your goals. Client experience me as trustworthy and knowledgeable, and leave feeling helped.
More Info About My Practice
I understand the importance of wanting to feel better. Most people like to get started right away. My goal in the first session is to show clients I understand their problem, help them start making sense of it, and leave them with something to focus on.
Clients say they like my approach and find it useful from the start. I get a lot of positive feedback at the end of the first session. I love to be effective and share my knowledge with others.
With 15 years of experience in the field, and a successful marriage of 20 years, I've learned a lot about what functions, and love helping people achieve success, respect, and lowered anxiety. People leave feeling helped in each session.
My Role as a Therapist
I'm a consultant to individuals on life issues, providing them with understanding, clarity, new solutions, and hope! A good therapist bridges the gap between suffering and happiness and inspires hope while developing the skills and tools people need to meet their goals. Often our best attempts to solve our problems become the problem. We will identify these failed attempts and work together to create solutions that work.
I am genuine and straightforward while balancing gentleness and respect. What you see is what you get. My clients enjoy my personality, understand my treatment methods, and appreciate my ability to be straightforward in a way that helps clients feel accepted, make sense of their problems, and solve them.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Sadly, I've heard it a lot. Trust is essential in ALL relationships, not just the therapy relationship. We trust by verification. I work slowly with clients so they can size me up along the way and decide for themselves if I'm trustworthy. And at the end of every first session I ask people, "Do I sound like someone you would like to work with?" I stay busy.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Therapists need to be emotionally safe, non-judgmental and effective. I run my practice with integrity, and have a lot of knowledge to share with others. Therapists are students of life, who literally spend a lifetime studying human interactions, emotions, and resolutions.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Everyone has problems. That's life and doesn't make you weak. True strength is the ability to face problems and fears, and to ask for help when you are stuck. Strength is the ability or willingness to see your role in the problem, or face what is painful. Learning new skills makes us capable, strong, and more confident.