My Approach to Helping
I am a therapist who truly cares about people. I find meaning and fascination in unique individual stories, the rich variety of human cultures, and the inspiration afforded by my clients' personal triumphs. I've visited all 50 states, and have lived in five of them – Colorado, California, Texas, New Jersey, and Michigan.
My best friend died when I was 12, and I cried for what seemed like forever. At 16, my parents allowed me to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the summer. While there, I worked on my Spanish and cultivated my empathy for the suffering people across the globe experience. I've experienced some of my own hurts, sometimes at the hands of people who were trying to do the right thing.
Through my own healing process, I've learned how to help others. I've learned about many approaches to healing; some are helpful and some are harmful.
I believe that healing is contingent upon a safe space to share your story. You deserve not to be interrupted, to be heard, and to work with someone who doesn't try to “fix” you based on his own biases. I offer earnest caring, empathy, unconditional affirmation, and a place to heal.
I know that healing pain often requires addressing issues with spirituality and God. I allow my clients to explore these issues without trying to convert them or color their perceptions.
You'll make the most significant progress when you change your thoughts and feelings as well as your behavior. I'll help you evaluate your ideas, consider alternatives, and implement the tools and skills that can help you heal. The march toward a happier life takes a lifetime, and sometimes we need some help to find our next step. I consider myself a midwife for life's journey, and I treasure the opportunity to help my clients birth new selves.