My Approach to Helping
Are thoughts or emotions getting in the way of your life or relationships? Do you have trouble being in the present because of concerns about the future or regrets about the past? Are you self-medicating to cope? Are you afraid to seek help because it means you’re weak or a failure? Please know that you are not a failure and you are not alone. I understand that it can be scary to think about seeing a therapist, but it doesn’t have to be. Having the courage to see a therapist can be the first step toward regaining control of your life.
Whether you're finding your mind stuck in thoughts of the future or the past, I want to help you change your thinking patterns and bring your mind back to the present so that you can experience the joy in this moment. I help clients learn ways to change their thinking and reduce the impacts of stresses on their lives and relationships. Having the right tools, understanding the sources of feelings and emotions, and having the confidence that you have power over them can help you to limit their effects on your life.
More Info About My Practice
When you're going through tough times, the last thing you need is to be concerned about seeking help. You're probably judging yourself or feeling judged by others and it's important to me to provide a space where you're comfortable and feel accepted and respected, regardless of your situation or who you are.
I don't believe that therapy requires you to tell your entire life story or your deepest darkest secrets, nor do I believe it's my role to dig for issues. My focus is the problem YOU bring to therapy; the one you're facing right now.
I want to help you get unstuck. My job is to work with you to understand the problem, get the tools you need, take steps to move forward, and graduate to the next phase of your life.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
At least 50% of my practice involves relationship issues. I work with couples and individuals to help them with interpersonal skills such as setting boundaries, communication skills, dealing with feelings of betrayal, and conflict management skills. Often clients find significant benefit from simply learning to be better listeners, and understanding better the interplay between their behavior and their partner's behavior. When I work with couples I don't take sides but rather act as an advocate for the relationship.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
The end of a marriage and my personal experiences with anxiety and depression were some of the things that motivated me to train as a Psychotherapist. I can't know exactly what you are going through but I do know what it's like to experience strong emotions and hard times due to an unexpected life change. I also know how my therapy experience taught me ways to cope, gave me new confidence and a new understanding of myself, and helped me to get my life back.