My Approach to Helping
My passion lies in seeing your renewed hope and confidence; confidence in your ability to get through this tough time, and hope that things will look better on the other side of it. I believe in people's ability to handle change, transition, or trauma. I do know that sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to do this alone. We often get bogged down in feeling the weight of our issues, and have difficulty seeing it from any other perspective, or knowing how to begin to get "unstuck." You and I can work together to examine and develop strategies that can help you gain some traction in your life or relationships.
I am moved and humbled by the process of change and at the power of a positive therapeutic relationship. It is always such an honor to be trusted by people with their personal and relationship struggles, and it is a privilege that I take very seriously. Simply put, I care what happens to you, and I am rooting for you through the whole process.
Some common themes with people that I treat include life changes and transitions, relationship conflict, anxiety, addiction, trauma, secondary trauma, and issues with self-esteem, value or self-worth. I have extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence, as well as families and individuals struggling with the effects of addiction. In addition to being a therapist, I also work as an advocate and activist raising awareness about many of these issues to the larger community.
While I love all kinds of therapy, I am most passionate about working with couples or families. I believe that change that occurs within a system or unit has a longer lasting impact on the individual and environment in which they live. I love helping people learn to relate to one another again or discover new and healthier ways to view and interact with their loved ones.
More Info About My Practice
My office is a space defined by acceptance and empathy, open to all who are seeking assistance or healing. I strive to maintain an honest and supportive therapeutic relationship with you, while offering ongoing positive regard and nurturing support. Simply put, I genuinely care about my clients and work hard to ensure that they are reaching the therapeutic goals that we set as a team.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Throughout the years, I have encountered many people who have been nervous or unsure about the therapy process when arriving for their first session. This is completely natural! It can be very intimidating, and even terrifying to think about sharing personal thoughts and emotions with someone new.
However, taking a step toward self-improvement or change always involves at least a bit of discomfort. I have often sat across from a new client who started out nervous at the beginning of the first session, only to hear "wow, this wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be" or "I didn't realize I would feel so comfortable talking."
While the process may be new to you, the one thing I want you to know when considering therapy, is that this process is completely within your control. I am a partner to you, not a "boss." In this process, you are driving the car, and I am helping to navigate.
While apprehension or anxiety can be a natural response to thinking about beginning any new endeavor, you are worth the investment, and may really see a difference even in taking one small step toward reaching out for help.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
So, maybe in the past you had the courage to seek out therapy and got burned by the process. First, let me say that I am impressed at anyone who has had a bad experience, and still works toward seeking out care, as it can be tempting to give up and walk away.
You made yourself vulnerable and you were let down. Perhaps you sought help at a big agency, and felt like a number. Whatever the reason may be, it takes courage to reach back out, and look for a better fit. And that is exactly what is boils down to!
Finding a therapist who understands you and helps you to feel comfortable and heard is essential to the therapy process. Please don't become discouraged if your experience has been difficult in the past, as there are so many different therapists and ways to practice therapy, that there will be a "right fit" for you. Learn more about your therapist before booking an appointment, and let them know what you are looking for up front. This can help make the process smoother, and the expectations line up for both parties.