My Approach to Helping
I see therapy as a tool you can use to help you through the tough times and to help you be the best version of yourself, but that does not mean it has to be formulaic or stuffy. We will work together, in collaboration, to help you process difficult events and feelings and experience resiliency and self-acceptance. We will work creatively so you can tap into your subconscious and access that part of you when words simply are not enough, to learn alternative ways to cope using art and to develop more inventive ways of problem-solving and approaching any life event.
I take a nurturing approach that may seem gentler, calmer, and kinder than expected from therapy. This works well for people who have never been to therapy before or had unpleasant past experiences with therapy. Children often respond positively to my approach since I use age appropriate ways of communicating like art and play. Teens and adults seem to feel more at ease and often respond well when they need to feel taken care of and truly heard.
More Info About My Practice
As an Art Therapist I believe art can be a powerful tool when doing therapy. For those of you who don't know much about it, art therapy combines psychotherapy with art making. You do not need to be an artist to do art therapy. The beauty of it is there is no right or wrong when doing art therapy. It helps you to communicate things like feelings, beliefs, your unconscious thoughts and perceptions, and it helps you be more present so you create what you need to create for that moment in time. There is a process to making the art, and there is a whole other process when talking about the art. It really is pretty cool.
My Role as a Therapist
Therapists are here to listen, to ask questions to get you thinking and reevaluating, to teach skills, and to help you understand yourself and your world even better. I respect your point of view and will encourage you to be active in your own therapy. It's my job to see and point out your strengths and to challenge you.
This goes for adults, kids, and teens. Everyone deserves to feel heard and understood and everyone should have the opportunity to feel valued and appreciated.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The thing that best determines positive outcomes for therapy is the therapist/client relationship. If the therapeutic relationship is not solid and working well, therapy will be ineffective. That is why I encourage clients to tell me when they think things are not working so we can talk about it and see what needs to be done so that it can work well. Sometimes that means finding another therapist and that's ok. You may not respond to my kinder, gentler approach. You might need a kick in the pants or more structure with your therapy. It's a part of my job to help you figure that out, if you haven't already, and find someone else who would be a better fit for you.