My Approach to Helping
I offer direct and honest feedback in a supportive setting. Many of us come into counseling with feelings like confusion or regrets. I've found that nearly every client I've seen had the best of intentions, but didn't get the results they had hoped for. My approach is to examine those behaviors we are comfortable with, look for healthy adjustments, and then try to become comfortable with those new healthy habits. This approach has helped me to offer life-improving changes to individuals struggling with: Addiction, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships and Marriage, and Professional Development.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
We were often told by our mentors that "if you are asking if you should, then you probably already know the answer." The same advice is probably true here as well. Therapy isn't meant to change who you are. It is meant to provide the tools that allow you to feel the most like yourself. This is not done by telling you what to do. Rather, it's a collaboration that helps to empower the change that you want to make. When therapy works, it comes with a sense of satisfaction, relief, and pride. Come on in, we'll get started immediately.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
If a person had to be "weak or flawed" to come to therapy, wouldn't therapy disappear completely? Making that fall call, and walking in the door takes tremendous courage. I've never heard courage described as a "weak or flawed" trait. Often times, I tell my clients that I feel a little guilty, because hearing the stories of courage and strength that my clients tell me is a lot like sitting in on a Ted Talk about resilience. My job isn't as much about finding strength, rather, it's about harnessing the strength you already have.