My Approach to Helping
Any time we are faced with the need for more support, whether physical or emotional, it can feel like weakness, or something is inherently wrong with you. There are so many messages in our families and culture that we are to strive for greatness, and that an ailment means failure. This can really impact feelings of loneliness and shame.
You're not alone in this. More people than you know struggle and need this support. It's also important to know that the distress you feel is real. This is not made up and needs adequate care - which is what brings you here.
As a counselor, one of my first priorities is to create a reliable, open space where you can share your strengths, values, hurts, and much more. Listening to your experience and connecting within our therapeutic relationship is foundational. While the space is yours to talk about whatever it is you want to bring, you are also not talking to a blank wall. I do ask clarifying questions and engage about what I'm hearing from you. The hope is that listening and reflecting together will generate decision-making, identify creative solutions in places you might feel stuck, and further healing.