My Approach to Helping
I believe that cultivating a relational connection is the basis of counseling. This means that one of my first priorities is to create a reliable, open space where you can share your strengths, values, pain areas, and much more. Listening to your experience and connecting within our therapeutic relationship is foundational. It fosters decision-making, identifies creative solutions in places we might feel stuck, and furthers our healing.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to counseling, I also provide consultation or supervision for other counselors. This includes individuals seeking licensure as well as fully licensed counselors wanting space and reflection in your work.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Parents & Caregivers
Third Culture Kids (TCKs)
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Any time we receive a diagnosis or acknowledge a need for more support, whether physical or emotional, we tend to feel less than. 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. Know that: 1. You're not alone. More people than you know are also struggling and needing a listening ear. 2. The distress you're experiencing is real and needs adequate care - just as you would reach out for help if signs of asthma or diabetes showed up.
I also know that at the end of the day, you are left with this feeling of shame. I encourage you to share about this fear in counseling as this is a wonderful space to think about the areas that we have received limiting values or beliefs about ourselves.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
In general, I provide in-depth long-term work. This usually looks like weekly 50-minute sessions, but the frequency and duration can increase based on your needs. I find this approach gives us space and time to build a trusting relationship and get to the root of the symptoms or distress you're experiencing. This is a common and ongoing discussion that we can have as counseling is collaborative in nature.