My Approach to Helping
Hi! I’m Ragan, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since 2015 I have worked at various Hampton Roads mental health agencies providing mental healthcare to adult individuals, couples, children, and adolescents. I currently provide support to clients who are coping with a range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, substance use issues, past & current traumatic experiences, relationship issues, and phase of life stressors. I am passionate about working with new and diverse clients as they encounter various challenges and work towards their goals for self-improvement, growth, and healing.
COVID-19 changed many aspects of our lives including the way we interact with others, our daily routines, and access to many outlets that help support our overall mental health. For many of us, it has been an exceptionally challenging year. I feel that finding accessible mental healthcare should not be on the list of your current stressors. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe and accepting space for you where we can identify your needs and work as a team to help you achieve them.
I view counseling as a collaborative proves and feel that client’s come to therapy already equipped with the necessary tools to solve their problems. After all, you are the expert of yourself! I am here to be your ally, advocate, accountability partner, and guide while we navigate through your goals. My approach to therapy is one that is client centered, trauma informed, and identity affirming. My theoretical orientation borrows from cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, attachment theory, and person-centered theory. While these theories generally guide my interventions used in therapy together, I recognize that every client’s presenting problems are unique and will work to tailor our treatment to your specific needs.
This means that in therapy we will likely:
-Explore the interaction between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and work to understand how they are fitting into your presenting concerns.
-Explore relevant relationships (past and present), uncover patterns, and work to modify relational patterns that no longer serve you.
-Identify your strengths and skills that you already possess and use these as building blocks for future success and problem-solving.
-Work to understand how various identities you hold (visible and invisible) impact your current concerns.
-Focus on clarifying, understanding, and expressing your feelings (as you feel safe and comfortable to do so).
-Collaborate on your counseling related goals and work through them in a confidential, safe, and nonjudgmental atmosphere.
If you have any questions for me or about my approach to therapy, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email to get in touch!