My Approach to Helping
I strive to create a therapy 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. As an outdoors woman myself, 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.
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.
Imagination - Being imaginative gives us room to dream up new possibilities for our lives, and get unstuck.
Creativity - Action taken from imagination.
Belief in the knowledge of self - I believe that everyone, deep inside themselves, has the answers they are looking for. Sometimes, we need help or guidance finding those answers.
Flattening power - As your therapist, I'm not an expert on your life. You are. I'm not here to tell you certain truths or what to do - I'm here to help you find your truths and what works best for you.
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.
If you're looking for therapy that feels different than traditional therapy, Trailhead Wellness is right for you. We 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 to us - we'll help you figure out what works best for you.