My Approach to Helping
Who are your mirrors? To whom do you look to define yourself? So many people have lost their connections with themselves and have allowed themselves to be defined by their experiences, their suffering, and the other people around them.
My goal as a therapist is to help my clients reconnect with and start to listen to themselves. I believe you are the best expert on yourself, and I am there to help you facilitate that connection.
Maybe you have been through trauma and are not sure what to believe about yourself anymore. Maybe you are depressed and you feel you cannot find yourself. Maybe you are lonely and fear you need to change to be accepted.
All of these are problems that I can help you address. We can work together to examine and change unhelpful beliefs and to build on your strengths to help you see yourself in a more balanced light. Once you have connected with yourself, you have an ally that you can depend on, no matter the circumstances.
Most of all, you choose what we focus on, where we go, and when we get there. I believe you are capable of change, and I am honored by my opportunity to work with you toward your goals.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
communication, boundaries, depression, self-esteem, self-care/life balance, developing self-understanding and self-acceptance, exploring spirituality/faith
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
People are endlessly fascinating for me. I love finding the different nuances and preferences that make people unique. I enjoy learning from my clients, and I am honored by the connections we create. I find joy in watching people reconnect with themselves, learn to respect and care for themselves, and make life changes that allow them to be the best of who they are. I like to celebrate with my clients and I am humbled to be with them in their struggles and grief. My clients are my heroes because they are the people out living every day, despite their struggles. I can't think of anything I would rather do.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
The notion of therapy being a sign of weakness saddens me. Most people are not ashamed to go to the doctor to get their appendix removed or to take their car to the shop when the transmission is wonky. It seems to me that, if people find themselves in emotional or psychological situations they do not know how to manage, the intelligent choice is to get help in that area. All of us struggle from time to time, and therapy gives us a chance to get new information to help make better choices. It shows wisdom to me, not weakness.