My Approach to Helping
I am an energetic person, and I love to use creative approaches in therapy. I am not one to just sit and listen to a client, say nothing, and then charge a person for the service. I ask my clients to bring in anything they want to share with me that could help me understand their history. Sometimes I ask them to bring in photos and describe their family history to me. I may ask them to listen to a song that connects with the issue they are struggling with, as music often helps people get in touch with emotions they otherwise might not feel safe enough to express.
I help people learn to not just deal with trauma, but, in time learn to take their experiences and learn to use them for the good of themselves or others. I believe that most people "know" what they need, but sometimes just need information, education, or learn where they can get the support in the community.
I give clients tangible ideas that can help them immediately. I use workbooks, handouts on topics, suggest things to read, or videos/movies that pertain to their issues. I never tell a client "what" to do. It is not my place. I offer an objective point of view, and clients can have a chance to speak freely, no matter what their friends, family, or loved ones might have to say.
I help them weigh out the pros and cons of any decision and help them anticipate potential consequences of a decision. Ideally, I am thrilled when clients develop actual strategies and become confident enough to implement these ideas to their full potential, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.