My Approach to Helping
My philosophy as a therapist is based on three simple premises: 1. Everyone deserves to have a life that is meaningful; 2. Anxiety, stress, and fear cannot exist without the thoughts that create them; and 3. When you make something matter more than your worry and fear, your attention will shift to other possibilities, and your behavior will follow. I use a collaborative, short-term (10-16 sessions) Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach to help people experiencing chronic anxiety, worry, and fear create a "shift" in thinking, feeling, and doing. I'm passionate about creating curiosity associated with "thinking about your thinking" and then igniting those "aha" sparks into opportunities to provide education about your specific concern and clarify your values and goals. This valuable information will help to collaboratively design experiences that will allow you to test out adjustments to your typical responses - Exposure Therapy provides opportunities to gain evidence you need to believe that something more meaningful might be waiting for you just around the corner. Once gained, that insight cannot be taken back. You cannot return to the moment you were in before. The "shift" process for more effectively managing anxiety, worry, and fear can be challenging, uncomfortable work at times - no doubt there - but very much worth the effort. You decide: Is today a day for doubt and regret or is it a day for doing?