My Approach to Helping
I strive to create an experience that is different from traditional therapy - we will get outside, go hiking or walking, listen to the birds, and enjoy the fresh air while we talk. I believe that nature can help us heal and feel good about ourselves. Research consistently shows that being outside can help lessen anxiety, increase focus and concentration, lessen depression, feel calmer, and more. After my own experiences backpacking and hiking, as well as sharing outdoors experiences with my clients, I firmly believe that one of the first steps to improving our wellbeing is getting outside. Being connected to nature helps us feel connected to the world around us, and thus less isolated and less stressed.
As a therapist, I also believe that problems exist outside of people. People need to be empowered rather than shamed as having a problem that is part of them. When problems exist separately from our selves, we can get distance from those problems and have the space to grow.
More Info About My Practice
Trailhead conducts session outdoors, in open spaces and parks, to be part of the community and to collaborate with nature for healing.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
My guiding ethical principles influence the way I see each client as a person with a story. These spirits guide my practice:
Curiosity: Being interested in someone else's experiences keeps me from making judgments and assumptions about others - thus giving them room to grow and share without self-fulfilling prophecies.
Non-judgment: Non-judgment follows curiosity. When I?m not making assumptions, it allows space to also not make judgments. My intention here is that you will have the space to truly show up as yourself, without worry of another?s opinions.
Imagination and Creativity: Developing change in our lives invites imagination and creativity to dream of how we?d like things to be. From there, we can work on how to make that happen.
Empowerment: Therapy is a process of learning how to handle discomfort, as well as learning about the agency and say that you have in your life.
Collaboration: Healing and change isn?t something I can do for you; it?s a process that we work on together. You?ve consulted me about a problem or about change you seek in your life. I invite you to teach me about you and your life, and I will offer my experience of helping people find their own inner wisdom that helps them create movement in their lives.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Perhaps your therapist tried to tell you what to do, or who you are, or made assumptions about your experience and yourself. Maybe he or she tried to diagnose you with something that you felt didn't quite fit. Therapy doesn't have to be like this, and shouldn't be like this.
I promise not to label you or impose judgment - we will stay open to your experience and stories. If you don't like sitting on a couch chatting, we'll take it outside. If you don't like answering questions, we'll do art.
Finding a therapist is like finding a new hairstylist - it may take a few tries to find the best fit or a person you connect with. If you have questions about finding a therapist who is a good fit for you or are curious what to look for, reach out - I'll help you figure out what works best for you.