My Approach to Helping
You may be somewhat skeptical about beginning therapy. Perhaps you have been in therapy before and found it unhelpful, or you are reluctant to admit to yourself that you could really use some help. I remember hesitating before getting into several of my own therapies, not fully sure what I was getting myself into, or whether I really wanted it. I believe this is natural and nearly universal. I also believe you should know after the first session whether the therapy (and therapist) feels right for you, and whether it will be helpful. If you aren't confident that therapy with me is the best next step, we can talk that through and figure out a path for you that feels right. This is your life, after all, and no-one else's.
In our first session, we would do our best to get a clear understanding of the problem or problems you are struggling with, and to come up with a hypothesis about what's causing the problem. If all goes well, you would leave the session with newfound hope that your difficulties make sense and aren't random, and you would see a way towards health and healing. In each session afterwards, we would remain focused on the problems that trouble you most, and we would look for clear signs of improvement. It won't be easy. In fact, therapy will ask you to face painful realities and the feelings you have about them. We would rather not do this, of course, but I know of no other way to grow, and I want to assure you that peace and happiness are possible on the other side.
If you'd like to read more about me or my therapeutic approach, feel free to read through my website. I've written in more detail there, and you should be able to get a good sense of what therapy with me would be like.