My Approach to Helping
I strive to make counseling be a reliable, open place as this is the foundation of where growth and healing occurs.
You choose what we talk about in our time together. Often what I do is reflect on, almost as a sounding board, what you are processing. The intention is to help you understand things just a little differently so that you can address parts of your life in the way that feels best to you.
While sometimes I bring guidance, typically I help use you and your family's strengths or intuition to guide decision-making. I have my own cultural lens, values, and perspectives and this looks different for each person and family. As a counselor, I get to participate in individual's and family's process of becoming 'the best you.'
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Teens & Young Adults
Families & Caregivers
Individuals who identify as Third Culture Kids (TCKs), bi-racial, or first generation
How Psychotherapy Can Help
We are such social beings. One of the places I work on a lot in counseling is relationships in your life - the ways you relate, understanding dynamics within the relationships, and learning about the kinds of relationships in which you are drawn. In thinking about relationships, you begin to develop self-awareness, relational healing, and find more satisfying relationships in your life.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
When entering counseling, we come for different needs. Sometimes the need for a wound is Neosporin and a band-aid. Other times, we need to go in deeper, performing surgery or provide ongoing adjustments. What you decide for the work with a therapist will depend on the need and healing you require for your specific situation. The Neosporin and band-aid approach is where you'll find more short-term, behavioral focused therapy. I generally work with the surgery or ongoing adjustment approach where we go in-depth and the time together is more long-term. This usually looks like weekly 50-minute sessions, but the frequency and duration can increase based on needs.