My Approach to Helping
We all struggle in life, and we all need support from time to time. I believe that each person has the ability to create a life they love, but we can't do it alone. We need each other. My passion, my joy, is in helping others to create a life they love. And I have found that I am best able to create a life I love when I work with others to that end. I believe in each person's unlimited ability to grow. You are stronger than your history, and I will encourage you to dream boldly into your future.
We will work in either a structured format, or more spontaneously, depending on your needs. I am committed to providing a non-judgmental environment where you feel safe enough to explore new ways of looking at your life, as well as new ways of being. We will look to understand patterns of behavior that you'd like to change, and also to understand and acknowledge your strengths. Though there may be times during our work together that are difficult or uncomfortable, my goal is that you will feel increasingly empowered to create the life you want. And I am committed to your goals, not mine.
More Info About My Practice
I am a preferred provider with most of the major insurance plans in my area. I have morning, afternoon and evening hours for appointments.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
If I could do only one thing of service in my life, it would be to help restore hope in people who have lost it. Things can always get better. Never give up. Not matter what our situation, no matter what illnesses we are struggling with, there is always more healing available to us. Things can improve, always. I strive to be a part of this process with others. I do not mind sitting in painful places with others if that is what it takes. I am passionate about helping people realize their dreams, and living a life they love. I also feel completely honored that people share with me, and trust me to help them. This work is a privilege, and I treat it that way. Each person is a treasure of a life, and every person's dreams and perspectives have validity. I strive to honor in the highest degree, each person I work with. To be able to work in this way with others is immensely satisfying. It is what I love about this work - to be in such an honoring relationship with another.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
In choosing a therapist, it is important that you feel seen and respected by that therapist. If you feel belittled or broken or less than others, your therapist should be helping you to feel whole and just as valued as anyone else. You may still feel little at times during therapy, but the overall impression that you should get is that your therapist values you and cares about you. They have to believe in you. Another important aspect in therapy is hope. You should feel there is hope for improvement. Even if it is hard for you to believe it, you should sense that your therapist has hope for you. If not, find another therapist. Whether a therapist is male or female, old or young, of the same or different ethnicity may not matter so much, or it may matter a lot to you. You certainly want to find someone you feel comfortable with, and so choosing those specifics can be helpful. That should be up to you alone. Your therapist should feel like a genuine person when you are with them. Therapy can be uncomfortable at times, but I would expect your comfort with your therapist to grow over time. That would be natural. They should be able to admit mistakes, say thank you and please, apologize for their transgressions, etc. As simple as this sounds, they should feel like a good person to you, and for you.