My Approach to Helping
I approach counseling in a client-centered and holistic way. Life has its own plan, so I meet my clients wherever they are emotionally and mentally each time we have a session. Through talk therapy, we will work together to increase your coping skills, emotional tolerance, and resiliency. Together we will find your strengths and self-compassion so you can be present in your life.
More Info About My Practice
We all need somewhere to take off our masks and lay down our burdens. I offer a safe space for you to express your authentic self and be heard. From an early age I knew I wanted to work with people and, as I went through school, I found my passion for psychology—a passion that led me to a career in counseling. I enjoy sitting with people one-on-one or in small groups as a way to learn about them and their personal story. I use this connection to foster a therapeutic alliance with my clients, ensuring that they feel understood and supported.
I received my Master’s Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University and completed two internships while in graduate school. I’m an avid reader and have a natural desire to learn; I stay up-to-date with the latest in professional literature and I frequently pursue a variety of continuing education opportunities. These include treating shame-based disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy, and complex trauma. These educational pursuits provide me with research-based practices that enable me to better connect with clients in my areas of focus.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
You may feel nervous about reaching out to a therapist. That anxiety is perfectly normal. Having the courage to overcome that anxiety and reach out for help is the first step in the process of empowering yourself to feel better.
Often times, when people begin therapy, they feel as if their distress is never going to end. Therapy helps people understand that they can do something to improve their situation. This leads to changes that enhance healthy behavior: improving relationships, expressing emotions better, performing better at work or school, or simply thinking more positively.
Don't worry that you won't know what to do once the session actually begins. It is normal to feel a little anxious in the first few sessions. I am trained in a variety of methods to help guide each session in effective ways to help you achieve your goals.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
How long therapy takes depends on several factors: the type of change you are seeking, your characteristics and history, your goals, what's going on in your life outside therapy, and how you progress in therapy. Everyone is different.
Some people feel relief after only a single session of therapy. Meeting with a therapist can give a new perspective, help you see situations differently, and offer relief from pain. Most of my clients realize benefits after a few sessions, especially if they're working on a single, well-defined problem.