My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is rooted in my deep belief in the inherent value, dignity and resiliency of human persons. We are all survivors doing our best to cope with all the tough stuff that life throws our way. When our resources to cope become overwhelmed, we find ourselves in a position where we are suffering and need some help and guidance to get back on track. My role as a counselor is to come alongside my clients and empower them on their journey back to resiliency, health, and wholeness. I am rooted in a deep belief in second chances, that we all merit the opportunity to try again until we find our way. Whether you are an individual suffering from depression or past trauma, a couple trying to rekindle lost intimacy and connectedness, or a parent or family member trying to help a loved one struggling through a difficult time, I believe that therapy offers a safe place and a partner in the struggle towards healing and recovery, and as a therapist I provide guidance and hold space for you to make sense of what's going on and take new steps in the right direction.
More Info About My Practice
As a professional counselor, I feel it is important to provide a safe and welcoming environment for my clients. I work in a group practice with trusted colleagues, many of whom I refer to if I find that I might not be the best fit for a client's needs. I have experience working with adults, teenagers, pre-teens, and children and I particularly enjoy working with teenagers and their families as well as couples counseling.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have extensive experience treating individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. This trauma could be anything in life that has overwhelmed your ability to make sense of and cope with in such a way that it interferes with your daily life. I feel confident in partnering with those individuals to help them make sense of what happened and find their way back towards health and wholeness. I also greatly enjoy working with couples where one or both individuals have a history of abuse that makes it hard to connect emotionally and physically.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I operate on the principle that mental illness is something that we struggle with, not something that makes us who we are. So often we define ourselves by what is wrong with us, but I believe that it is critical that we turn our focus towards what is right, good and healthy about ourselves. This belief informs and shapes my practice in that I work towards helping my clients make sense of what has happened to them instead of what is wrong with them.