My Approach to Helping
I believe that people intrinsically have the tools necessary to heal themselves. My role is to help create an environment where you can begin to recover from the suffering you have endured. This environment can involve what I say, how I say it, the tone of the conversation, or perhaps the therapeutic techniques I use. I guide and facilitate your personal transformation as you grown into a new you.
I am like a signpost on a trail - I will try to guide you in a direction that I think will help you. As we work we will uncover things that you might not have even considered as important. By addressing these various issues you have to opportunity to relieve stresses you didn't even realize were troubling you. This is your opportunity to expand your sense of self and discover a greater freedom than you may have experienced previously.
I believe people deserve to be free. This isn't just freedom physically, legally, etc. - this is a deep, internal freedom that allows for the discovery of who one really is. Imagine that feeling you get when you let out a sigh of relief - whew! A bit less tense. This is my goal for people on a holistic level. I want to help you find more ease and tranquility in your life and more success in your endeavors. I use a variety of techniques to help you to identify problematic patterns and find ways to move forward in a manner that promotes well-being.
More Info About My Practice
I am currently accepting new clients on Fridays. My rate is $80 per session and session duration is 50 minutes. I currently accept cash or check payment methods. I do not take insurance at this time.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Good therapists are like a good pair of shoes - if they're comfortable and useful they can take you for miles and miles. When choosing a therapist it's important that the therapy environment be conducive to healing and growth. If you feel judged, unheard, or unimportant than you likely won't be comfortable going to the painful places sometimes necessary for healing. The therapeutic relationship should feel supportive and compassionate. This environment fosters trust and the capacity for a person to unfold.
Consider the Wind and the Sun (paraphrased from Aesop's Fables): The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to see which one was greater. They decided that whichever force was able to get a traveler's cloak off was the greater force. The wind blew and blew yet the traveler pulled his cloak tighter and tighter. The sun gradually warmed the traveler, however, and he willingly removed his cloak.
I prefer to be like the sun and allow the growth of the therapeutic relationship to bring the natural unfolding of pain or traumas. With a healthy therapeutic environment you will hopefully feel capable of addressing things that were previously too difficult to look at. I don't like to create an environment with the strong winds of clinical judgement and instead prefer to create one of warmth and compassion so that you can heal naturally from your suffering.