My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is Integrative, combining various perspectives to get to know you and develop understanding together of your unique identity, experiences, and challenges. Collaboration, trust, and safety are all integral to my work and I value the chance to get to know you in your most trying times and support you in moving through them.
Therapy is a type of relationship in which you experience deeper understanding and become empowered to pursue changes that will make a difference in your life. As you share your struggles, I tailor my approach and utilize a variety of tools to be specific to who you are and what you want from the process. I also give feedback throughout our work together. Your input is welcome as we develop insight and support changes that will be congruent with who you are and the life you wish to lead.
Seeking therapy is an act of courage and the beginning of change. I'd be honored to talk with you to determine if I am a good fit for your needs.
More Info About My Practice
I enjoy working with people experiencing a wide range of issues and life concerns and getting to know you as an individual. I know seeking therapy is hard and that many people have had negative past experiences with therapy; finding someone with whom you are comfortable is an extremely important part of the process and I'm happy to help you in finding that person, whether it is working with me or someone else.
Additional specializations include multicultural/diversity issues, religious/spiritual diversity, and supervision/training.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I have always loved to listen to people, to really hear in a way that leads to genuine connections and understanding. Although my interest in becoming a psychologist began before I probably truly knew what it meant (7th grade), time has strengthened and reaffirmed my commitment to this work. It's an honor to work with people as they learn more about themselves, develop greater self-compassion, and increase their inherent strengths and self-worth.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
To get the most out of therapy, the most important factor is that you feel comfortable with the person with whom you're working. This comfort is essential for being able to open up and share your thoughts and feelings honestly and without feeling judged.
There are many different styles of therapy and personalities of therapists; sometimes to find the best match, you can initially contact a few therapists by phone or email, ask a couple questions, and get a feel for their style. Having an honest dialogue with potential therapists can increase the effectiveness of therapy, and the likelihood of finding a good match.