My Approach to Helping
You are currently walking through your own unique journey, and sometimes when things get tough you find yourself retreating or fighting your way out. Time and time again it seems like you're repeating the same battle. Are you ready to break the cycle? I work with people to build awareness, structure, and skills in the following areas: trauma (abuse, neglect, painful experiences), anxiety, relational struggles, self-esteem, depression, and life transitions. I create a safe space where you can come, be yourself, find healing, and grow into the person you have always imagined you could be. Counseling is not always easy and there will be days that it is hard. Sometimes you will walk out of session deep in thought because you just learned some intense things about yourself and your life. And sometimes you will walk out in tears because counseling was especially emotional or hard, but either way, that is steps toward healing and growth in your life and in your journey. In the end my hope is you walk away with a new sense of who you are and confidence and skills to move forward in life.
More Info About My Practice
My passion is being a counselor and helping people love themselves and others. I love working collaboratively with people building from their strengths to help them restore relationships and change the ways they relate to themselves and the world around them. I strongly believe that a strong therapeutic alliance is essential for growth to occur. People have to feel safe in order to grow and change and my core principles lie in being accepting, genuine, collaborative, and goal-oriented. I will encourage you to seek, build, and challenge yourself in different ways in order to promote growth and healing in your journey.
My Therapy Focus
My focus in therapy is you. Finding an individualized plan that can help you better your life and build a strong foundation for your future. Many people face the same problem, but due to their past experiences each person handles their problem differently. I help you develop awareness around your past experiences, and I spend time getting to know you and your story so that we can find ways to develop skills that are going to be appropriate for you and your life. I will still encourage you to challenge yourself and your existing patterns to develop a new awareness around other skills that you may not have been aware of in the past. Together we will find that best and most effective way to work toward your individualized goals.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
There can be a negative connotation when it comes to attending counseling. I understand this because I was there once thinking I was weak, imperfect, and not good enough because I couldn't do it on my own. Fear lurks in every corner of life and it keeps us from reaching out and taking that first step toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. Counseling is hard because it's supposed to be. One of the hardest things is to explore who we are in honesty, seeing through our flaws, working through turmoil, and taking steps toward bettering ourselves because of it. Not many people can sit down, dig deep, and reflect on their life in this way. Going to counseling doesn't make you weak...in all realness, people who go to counseling are the strongest and most courageous people out there.