My Approach to Helping
I believe in working with the whole person (within the context of their relationships and environment) to achieve emotional, psychological, spiritual, and cognitive wellness. I am collaborative and compassionate in my approach. I do not believe in judging my clients for their choices, past or present, but in helping them achieve their goals, whatever they may be. I do this through the use of empathy, gentle challenging, and humor (when appropriate, of course).
My Role as a Therapist
I believe my role as therapist is to join people in their journey of change. As a therapist, it is important to know when to guide and when to follow your client. I don't believe that I have "all the answers" for my clients but I do have education and experience that I can offer as a resource for them to use as they pursue change.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I believe that choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. I realize that the therapist-client relationship is unusual and it can feel very strange to tell a virtual stranger personal details of your life the first time you meet them. But this relationship is critical to successful outcome in therapy. In fact, research has shown that the therapist-client relationship can account for up to 30% of successful outcome! Because of this, I encourage my clients to look for a "good fit" when they are choosing a counselor. This can mean different things to different people but sometimes it just boils down to feeling comfortable when you are sitting in the room together. Most importantly, do you feel respected and supported by your therapist? If not, you should probably keep looking!