My Approach to Helping
Currently, I offer VIDEO THERAPY ONLY. It provides a convenient way for you to do therapy in the privacy of your home. Many insurances now cover video therapy similar in cost to an office visit
In today's society, it is so easy to get wrapped up in our own problems and focus on the negative parts of our lives. Then we forget about the most important thing we can do for ourselves: self-care. Life brings challenges and unless we have ways of supporting ourselves, it is hard to support anyone else. My goal is to bring self-esteem and value into your daily life and to help you move through your life in a healthier way to enable you to find meaning and purpose in your life. I would like to help you learn to enhance your experience in this world to a place where even when good and bad things happen, you are able to handle them because you have learned to know yourself and the skills needed to mold your past, present, and future into a healthier modality of life. Counseling is an important experience where you build a healthy and enriching relationship with someone who can guide you to a place you desire to be in your life. I will help you maximize your strengths, and even learn to maximize what you perceive as weaknesses, and help reframe these ideals so you can gain a new perspective on you.
More Info About My Practice
If you have gotten this far, I want to thank you for giving me the time to explain my practice and congratulate you on even contemplating change and getting support. My goal is to walk together with you to form a new way of living that is uplifting and will help you see the world in ways you never thought you could. I want you to see that it is not what you do that makes you a wonderful person, it is who you are in your own right as a human being. These lessons are not taught in school, unfortunately, and if you do not know someone who has high self-esteem, then it is very hard to learn this lesson on your own sometimes. I would love to help you gain more insight into this train of thought. Congratulations on choosing change, you deserve to be happy. Thank you for recognizing that. I look forward to enjoying the experience together!
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I have wanted to be a counselor since I was in fifth grade. In my life, there have always been indications that this is where my life would lead me. I have a passion for helping people in a healthy and nonjudgmental way and I want to put that part of me in my work. I have been in counseling on my own before, and have run into many therapists who were not very good at helping me feel better about myself. But I grew up with one therapist who helped me see that I can be grateful for who I am and still recognize the need for change and growth. I want to transcend that to others and help people see the same in themselves. Therapy is not always an easy task, sometimes you feel worse before you feel better, but that is simply because not all emotions "feel" positive. It can still be positive to bring up old issues and reform them into positive parts of who you want to become. That's what I want to bring to your experience: the positive parts of your self. I love being in session with people and watching the "light bulb" come on and their whole life has changed. I remember days in my sessions that literally changed my life forever. I want you to experience those days for yourself as well and would love to be a part of that.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
I have encountered many therapists who I did not feel comfortable continuing to see. I know people are vulnerable and are generally in crisis when they are seeking counseling and it does not make anything better when you have a hope that "oh yeah, this person will be able to help me" just to be disappointed that they had no clue how to help. Therapy is not meant to be a place where you can sit down and be judged and criticized for who you are and what you do. Therapy is a place where you can feel safe and comfortable exploring the parts of yourself you struggle to talk about with people in your every day life. It is a place to heal and to resolve issues that you have been running from your whole life. I always warn people it may feel worse before it gets better because sometimes insight brings feelings of discomfort and fear. Bringing insight into therapy is imperative in your therapy because insight is what brings change. Do not be afraid of the insight you gain into your life. It is what will take you from the sadness and struggles in your life, to a place where you feel the ability to overcome. Therapy is a place where you can learn things about yourself with a neutral perspective from someone who will not have bias. This is what makes therapy different from talking to friends or family members. I will always feel grateful that anyone gave me a chance, even if it does not work out. I always suggest to people schedule 3 appointments with 3 different counselors because the first and even second connection may not resonate with you. By the third appointment, if you do not click with the third person either, maybe you may not be ready for change yet, and that is okay. Take all the time you need!