My Approach to Helping
I believe that every person deserves to be happy and find healing. I have seen how trauma and life stressors can create a barrier to people finding the hope they are searching for. I use a person-centered approach coupled with trauma processing to help people identify their goals and work through the struggles they are facing.
My hope is that people feel they are supported and are able to walk through their difficulties in life and find security and trust within themselves to find the peace they are searching for. I strive to help people feel heard and cared for throughout their journey.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have received multiple trainings to help individuals to process and heal from trauma. The primary therapy that I am able to provide is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This therapy has been shown to reduce negative emotions, build self-esteem, and increase positive emotions. It has also been shown to help individuals heal from anxiety and depression.
I have also have worked with children and adolescents with a variety of diagnosis. I have worked with ages from 3 and up. This has given me the knowledge to help young kids and their families be able to find a sense of peace and security.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Here are a few things that help me support you:
1. Do you already have an idea of things you want to work on?
2. Have you been in counseling before?
3. What do you know about the counseling process and what questions do you have?
4. Does your family have a history of mental health issues?
5. What barriers do you have to making progress?
6. Do you struggle with trusting others? (Being up front about this allows me to spend more time focusing on building rapport with you and earning your trust)
7. Do you have a goal for when you want to see progress?
8. Do you have any hesitations about the process?
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Taking the step to being therapy can be a difficult one. You may have a lot of questions about what it will be like and how it could possible help. Here are some of the common questions I've heard:
1. What does counseling look like?
There isn't one answer to this question. Counseling looks different for everyone. There is a general process you would go through. During your first appointment with someone, they will get to know you and the issues you are struggling with. There will be a lot of questions that are there to help figure out what you need. From there, you will work with the counselor to identify your goals. When i work with people, I strive to create a space where they will feel heard and valued as a person.
2. How can talking about problems help?
Often times, we hold in our feelings. We are told from a young age to express less and less. This causes our emotions to build up and spill over into other areas of our life. The process of talking about your feelings with someone who is trained to help, will help you gain deeper understand of what is going on and help you find the path to healing.
3. I don't express my feelings because it makes me look weak. Why should i start now?
It takes a lot of strength to allow your emotions to show through. We get used to shutting out our emotions because we fear what will happen if we show the world who we really are. As we learn that our emotions are okay and valid, we realize that we feel better. It seems like it makes us stronger to hold things in, but really, this just creates a stronger disconnect with the world.
4. What if I don't know what to work on?
That's okay! You don't have to come in with everything figured out. The point of counseling is to help you on that process. Just showing up is enough to say you want to work on something. Saying "I just want to feel better" is knowing what you want to work on. In my practice, I take the time to help process through that uncertainty to help you figure out where you want to be.