My Approach to Helping
At my core, I'm a therapist for the creative soul, though I work well with anyone who is open to doing deeper work through either talk therapy or expressive therapies. I enjoy connecting with people and helping them to utilize creative expressions and inner, intrinsic abilities for healing to help better understand themselves, processing their experiences, exploring and resolving issues around past histories and present concerns. I optionally can utilize creative mediums in conjunction with EMDR, IFS, solution-focused and mindfulness therapy models in my treatment with clients. It is important to me to make a real, genuine, honest and open connection with the people I work with and I strive to connect on a deeper level than just what is capable with talk therapy alone.
More Info About My Practice
I value genuine communication, honesty and openness, which is something you can expect from me as a therapist as well. Although just talking is fine, my office is full of the creative mediums that one can utilize in therapy, and I encourage my clients to express themselves artistically or musically if it would better help better express their experiences and gain closure around problems that have been ailing them. Often, we can do some creative work at the end of sessions for closure or I might incorporate some creative self-exploration or expression through creative mediums between sessions.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Specific issues I'm skilled at helping with include working past the ending of relationships, trust issues, issues resulting from childhood and other situations from the past, navigating dealing with current stressors, and trauma, PTSD, and polyamory, with special attention to LGBT issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and parenting. With trauma work, it doesn't necessarily mean "big trauma," it can also mean the build-up of different, smaller life experiences that are contributing to difficulties in the present.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy can help in so many ways! I encourage clients to let go of preconceptions about what the therapeutic process is for them and be open to the possibilities that therapy can offer. I do work on a highly individualized basis around what works and doesn't work in terms of processing feelings and past histories.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I view the purpose of psychotherapy as being a place to work through the difficult issues that you are facing, without fear of judgment or misunderstanding. I feel that the therapeutic office needs to be one with which you get to express yourself fully in a supportive environment. I encourage people to strive to be honest and open about concerns and feelings.