My Approach to Helping
I approach each person as a unique example of pure and utter humanity. I greatly admire the courage that it takes to reach out and ask for help, and I am grateful to be able to witness and sit with those who are in one of the darkest or most confusing moments of their life. I am the daughter of two artists who raised me to see creative opportunities to make beneficial changes in the world around us that will carry on for generations to come, long after we have gone. I like to work towards integration of the mind, body, and soul in order for people to become more whole and able to FEEL happiness and joy emanating through their very finger tips. I love working with the whole age range, because my speciality is dealing with the issues of life and living. I enjoy the heavy questions of existence such as "What's the point?", "What is my purpose in being here?", and "How do I make the most of my life despite all that has happened to me?" I created the Sierra Sunrise Wellness Group in order to help those in my community to learn how to feel better, inside and out. In addition to my existential foundation, I also use a Cognitive-Behavioral Approach, which means that by changing how one thinks, behaviors will change as well, and vice-versa, by changing one's behaviors, one's thoughts will follow suit. My fully-certified therapy dog, Rollo, is in almost every session that I do, and he is a wonderful comfort!
More Info About My Practice
I charge $125 per session; however, I am on a sliding fee scale accepting clients for as low as $75. Put simply, as long as I can pay my bills and my clients can as well without additional stress, then I believe we can find a win-win situation with one another with session fees. In order to be able to accommodate to budgets, I will sometimes arrange to see a client every other week, depending on how acute they are at the time we begin sessions. My sessions are typically about 45-50 minutes long, unless prior arrangements have been made for a longer session. I also accept insurance.
These are the steps you can expect to go through with me if you decide you would like to start seeing me as your therapist:
1. You will need to call or email me. I offer a free phone consultation if you have additional questions or are unsure if we are a good match. I ask for 1-2 business days to return a call or email.
2. Once we have touched base with one another, we will arrange an appointment time. Please let me know what days and times are best for you, and I will do my best to accommodate your scheduling requirements. The earliest appointment I usually take is 10 am, and the latest is usually 4 pm.
3. I have 4 forms that I will need you to fill out prior to our first session. I will provide you with these forms 15 minutes before our first scheduled appointment. Please arrive early in order to complete these documents. I will also provide you with a copy of your "Client Rights and Limits to Confidentiality."
My Role as a Therapist
I enjoy working within the family system, doing play therapy, music therapy, and using art as a medium for expression. As a therapist, I hold the intention of helping people learn how to better communicate with one another and with themselves. There are some feelings and experiences for which there are no words, and instead, the idea must be communicated in a different way. I enjoy facilitating that process.
I also appreciate being able to provide a light to illuminate the darkness and provide comfort. I fully give my presence and reassurance of another with non-judgment and love in my heart. I may not always completely understand the choices that are made, and it is my role as a therapist to express when I am unclear as to how something is intended to help a situation or a person. I try to be gentle in my confrontation of that which is sensitive and vulnerable, and I am open to feedback in hearing how I can better provide that for someone who is the ultimate authority on him or herself.
I cannot change someone else's life, but I can absolutely help to facilitate the change within the person and prepare them for taking the steps toward the necessary actions that he or she wants to take. It is also not my role to decide for anyone else what is best, and therefore, the decision is yours to make when you are ready. I am in no rush, and I will gladly "sit in it" with you. It is my job to provide a safe place in order to release the past and embrace the present and future.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My teen years were incredibly difficult due to circumstances that were both internal and external. My father passed away when I was 14, my home burned down when I was 15, my mother was incredibly sick, there was loss with other family members, I was pulled into legal controversies that I didn't understand, and I had very little real control over any of these events. The truth is, we ALL have our individual circumstances, and what makes one person's life harder than another's is a bit subjective. Hurt is hurt, and I understand that sometimes, our biggest obstacle can be letting go of life as we think it "should" be versus what it is here and now. Despite the adversity, there are choices to be made in terms of how we will react and grow from that which we have had to struggle through.
As a therapist, I have an appreciation for learning and growing alongside my clients' as we navigate through their troubles. I am a human being, and I am fully present to that which my client is describing. Each and every one of us has something to teach others, and I am grateful that I do not always have to personally experience that which my clients' describe, but that I am able gain insight and awareness into how someone else has been affected adversely by certain circumstances. I have spent the majority of my life working on becoming the person I am today and am continually becoming. I love who I am now, but I haven't always. I know that struggle firsthand, and I am grateful for it, too.