My Approach to Helping
The foundation of my approach in therapy stems from these Person-Centered ideals: to provide unconditional positive regard for the person sitting with me; to feel and demonstrate empathy for that individual's experiences and emotions; and, to be authentic in my own words and actions during our time together. Creating an environment in which thoughts and feelings can be freely expressed and explored contributes to a more meaningful and productive experience. I believe this approach best provides the opportunity for healing, growth, and healthy changes to occur and it represents my CORE Values of Compassion, Originality, Respect, and Equality. From this foundation, I work with each individual to determine the most appropriate interventions that would best enable them to meet their goals, rather than trying to make every person fit into one modality of treatment.
More Info About My Practice
My areas of specialty include trauma (PTSD, abuse, victimization), anxiety and stress management, anger management, self-esteem and self-compassion, problematic sexual behaviors, and pet-related concerns. I also provide assessment services, including court-ordered assessments for mental health, substance use, or anger issues. I have a small team of excellent clinicians working with me at Journey Well, LLC to provide quality services to children, teens, and adults.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
There is no way to fully describe what it is like to share in another person's pain or distress, joys and triumphs, and to witness their healing and growth, but these are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist. Making intimate connections with others and walking with them for part of their journey are privileges that I do not take lightly. Watching as another person begins to recognize their strengths and the things that make them special is priceless. A healthy therapeutic alliance requires trust, respect, compassion, and often includes doses of humor and humility. It is being comfortable with each other during emotionally intense discussions as well as during the soft silences. I have sometimes wondered what I would be if I were not a therapist, and I have yet to find out because after more than 20 years, I remain passionate about the ways in which therapy can transform lives.
What Makes up a Problem?
We all encounter rough spots in our lives, so how do we know when a situation, relationship, emotional state, or behavior warrants professional assistance? One basic rule of thumb is to look at how that particular issue is impacting various areas of our lives. Do I feel bad about myself because of it? Is it blocking my success or happiness? Is it affecting my performance at work or school? Are other people concerned about me because of it? Therapy can help to further identify, understand, and resolve the things that may be limiting us.