My Approach to Helping
Are you feeling overwhelmed as a caregiver to a loved one with mental health challenges? It can be an exhausting and confusing place to be. Even after attending family support groups, researching your loved one's diagnoses, and trying to be involved in their treatment many people still feel they don't have the support they need. Being impacted by a partner, family member, or friend's mental health often times brings up stress, feeling heavy and tense, or feeling conflicted about what you should be doing. It takes time, energy, and mental space to provide that care. When these frustrations aren't dealt with they can also balloon into bigger difficulties, turning into depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, and more.
The good news is that you don't have to suffer in silence. I'll work with you to overcome your own emotional and mental reactions so you can feel more empowered, energized, and confident. Often times when we are struggling, we double down on our efforts to overcome obstacles ("I need to do more, try harder"). I'll help you see new alternatives that will allow you to find creative solutions and to approach challenges with greater ease. We will also be able to get your other needs, priorities, and goals back on track. You've got a lot to share with the world, and in order to do that you first need to take care of yourself. Let's take the next step together and meet to discuss the support you need!
More Info About My Practice
I spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of severe or persistent mental health struggles (like psychosis, mood issues, responses to trauma, and so on). I have a profound respect for those who themselves struggle with their mental wellness but also for their family and friends. Often the traditional medical approach can leave people out in cold. It is incredibly important to me and my practice to honor the surviving and thriving drive of all those I work with. Through this understanding, I place emphasis on overcoming stigma, silence, and harmful personal narratives. I want you to live life fully and to accomplish your dreams regardless of the obstacles that show up. Let's get started today!
My Role as a Therapist
I heard a metaphor of a good therapist as being a good flashlight; someone able to shine a light on new perspectives, opportunities, and solutions for the tough terrain of someone else's life. I would say that my role, and the role of any great therapist, goes one step further. We must also perform as maybe a walking stick might, supporting people to take the next step while providing balance and encouragement. I can't guarantee that the path ahead isn't going to be rocky, but I can guarantee that therapy is an asset for the expedition of living life.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I believe in the innate, profound worth of every person. That sounds like a warm sentiment to me but I mean it in a very practical way. I seek to actively work (personally and professionally) against all forms of oppression and hate. Because of this I keep an ear out for the complex social factors that inform your identity and your experience in our society. I'm also aware of and work against power imbalance in our work together and that has long operated in the mental health field. I have great training and experience but you are the only authority on your experience. I want to hear you. I'll join with you in tackling whatever is getting in your way. I'll do my best to facilitate that process and to create a safe, curious, inclusive space where you'll feel welcome to share yourself and your experiences.