My Approach to Helping
Reaching out for help can be very difficult and finding the right person to help can be equally difficult. When it comes to choosing a therapist, it is not a one size fits all proposition. My desire to become a helper began early in my life and has grown through personal struggles toward a healthy and more authentic life. I have spent many years learning about the mind/body/spirit connection, and have incorporated this knowledge into how I help others on their personal healing journeys. I look at healing from a holistic perspective and know that this is a different experience for everyone. This is why I take the time to work with you developing an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. If this is something that appeals to you then I look forward to meeting you soon!
More Info About My Practice
My approach to therapy is both holistic and eclectic. I use a variety of techniques including: DBT skills, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Art, and Play therapy, to help achieve the best results for your personal healing journey. I believe in learning healthy skills to be able to be more successful in life. I believe in working on the past only as it relates to the present. I believe in working toward a healthy trusting relationship with self as a means to healthy relationships with others. I believe in working toward forgiveness of self as a process of developing greater compassion and acceptance rather than harsh judgment or criticism. I believe when we develop these things within ourselves we can more easily turn outward toward others with more compassion, less judgment and forgiveness.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
It is not too late to have a reparative experience with the right therapist. As I mentioned above finding the right person to help is very important to your process of healing. Therapists are not one-size-fits-all and I always tell people to keep trying them on until you find one that fits!
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
When people first meet with me and begin to tell me their story, undoubtedly they will say something like, "I am bi-polar". What I say to them is this: you are not your diagnosis! you are a person who struggles with a particular set of issues. It is easy to dismiss the possibility for real change when you have resigned yourself to being a particular disorder or diagnosis. Alternatively, working with a person's issues and symptoms allows for greater authenticity and change.