My Approach to Helping
Happiness, joy, contentment, peace, positivity, and genuine self-worth, good communication, and good relationships; these can all be elusive experiences in life, but they do not have to be! They are all attainable on a regular basis. Life can be downright miserable for some. Who wants to live like that? Some people believe they have to be miserable but that is a mindset that creates extreme limitations. Anyone can change and make life better, if they want to. The modern focus of therapy puts an emphasis on mental health not mental disorders or disease. In this modern era we know that life can be good, great and even exhilarating! I have personally been on both sides of that spectrum and I know that happiness, true happiness, joy and contentment are attainable. For all that we were taught growing up from our family members, from our teachers, our religious leaders and from our social norms many of us did not learn the skills to manage many of the challenges that life has thrown us. It doesn't matter how old, or young you are, it is never too late to develop new abilities and new life tools. Just coping and getting through life is not the only way to live. Therapy is a wonderful tool to help make your life better; why not experience it? If you want to live a fuller happier life then let?s get started!
More Info About My Practice
I gravitate toward humanism, brain science, attachment, and body awareness approaches. I like to integrate breath work, mindfulness, EMDR, hypnosis and most recently I was trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy, which directly addresses trauma. I am also trained in more traditional therapy styles like Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Family Systems, Couples Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The approaches I use are individualized to meet each client's specific needs. I also offer clinical supervision for those seeking LCSW, LPC, and MFCC Licensure.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Everyone has challenges in life. We are all human and getting help from a person who is "on your side," who understands you, and who can see things you may not, can help normalize what you are going through. There is no shame in asking for help, in fact it demonstrates great courage. Yes, meeting with a complete stranger and discussing feelings, and sometimes revealing our inner-most secrets, can feel incredibly scary. I have done it myself, more than once, in my own therapy work, and I am here to tell you that the healing is so worth the effort!
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The duration and frequency of therapy is completely up to you. I am not in this for the money, I am a counselor because I like to help people feel better and I personally know that therapy helps. My client's and I talk about their needs, their time schedule, and about what their budget looks like. Please don't worry that I will try to force you into anything you don't want to do. This is about you and what you want and we will figure out what is best for you on your terms.