My Approach to Helping
Does pain, stress, worry, sadness, or fear have you feeling stuck? Desperate? Alone? There is nothing wrong with you, and nothing about you needs to be fixed. You have strengths to draw from and values that can motivate and guide you toward a future worth having.
My goal as a counselor is to create a space where you feel safe saying out loud all of the jumbled-up or self-critical thoughts going on in your head. Together we can change your relationship with the things that trouble you and identify strategies that help you live a rich, full, and meaningful life. Working with you to help you stop struggling and suffering would be an honor.
For most of my life, I've been that person friends go to when they need to talk something through. Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than to be able to listen to someone with my whole heart and offer a different perspective. After much soul searching, I went back to school for a master's in counseling to fulfill a calling I have always sensed.
Mission: Transforming lives by connecting people to their own strengths and futures through an environment of caring and trust
Vision: People are unstuck and taking actions in line with their values so that they can lead rich, meaningful lives
More Info About My Practice
My office is located in a church, which I know may be a comfort to some people and a concern for others. Please know that you don't have to be a member of the church, a Christian, or believe anything in particular to work with me. For some people, spirituality is important and they want to include that in counseling, but it's certainly not required.
If you live in New Mexico but outside Albuquerque, distance counseling is available using a secure video platform.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
In my training, there were always long forms for clients to fill out with all kinds of background information. Now that I'm running my own practice, as I thought about what my information form would include, I realized that it might feel overwhelming and intrusive to answer so many questions.
So I prefer to have you tell me what brings you to counseling, what's going well (or has gone well in the past), and what kind of support you have. Lots of background details tend to come out in the telling of your story, and I can ask other questions along the way, depending on what's relevant. I'll also ask questions to make sure you and your loved ones are safe.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Although every struggle is different, and I wouldn't presume to know what you're going through, I've dealt with issues of my own that counseling helped with.
An analogy I have found helpful is that you are over there climbing your mountain, and I'm over here climbing mine, but from where I am, I can see things that you can't. And that difference in perspective can be helpful.
I'm not an expert in your problems, but I can offer empathy, a listening ear, and strategies to try out based on my personal experience, professional knowledge, and education.