My Approach to Helping
When a trauma or life changing event occurs, it knocks us off balance. Things we thought we knew about ourselves are instantly turned upside down. Suddenly, we don’t know who we are anymore, what we want out of life, how to motivate ourselves, or what we believe in. It’s as if the very foundation we stood on was instantly removed out from under us, leaving us standing in a void of perpetual uncertainty. Maybe your trauma occurred recently, or maybe it occurred many years ago, and you’re just now realizing the effect it had on you. You can regain your balance. My approach to therapy is helping you learn to accept and love yourself, rediscover what motivates you, rebuild your foundation, and regain your balance.
My theoretical orientation is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); however, I often use techniques from other models including Mindfulness, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and others.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
As a young child, I experienced personal trauma and hardships. It was not until I became a teenager that I got help to address those issues. When I started my healing journey with my therapist, I quickly realized this was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be able to help people in their most vulnerable times of need. I wanted to help them identify what was blocking them from growth, how to overcome it, and find ways to feel whole again. I thought it would be so exciting to be able to witness and help with that process, and, I'm glad to say, I wasn't wrong! I love watching people transition from victims of their circumstances to survivors.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
First of all, I commend you for the courage and self-awareness to reach out for help. Therapy is not an easy process but can be substantially rewarding. As you consider whether this is the right step for you, you might ask yourself a few questions:
Am I ready to commit at least an hour per week towards exploring my thoughts and feelings and where they come from?
Am I ready to make difficult changes to my thoughts and behaviors?
Am I ready to start addressing thoughts, feelings, and memories that I?m used to ignoring or trying to forget?
Am I ready to acknowledge how my current thoughts and behaviors might impede my life goals?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, don't completely give up on the idea of therapy just yet! These can be goals and things to work towards once you find a therapist who is the right fit for you. Your primary goal in the beginning is to find a therapist you're comfortable with talking to. From there, the two of you can form a plan that could help you get to the place where you can handle the tasks above. Work at your own pace and find a therapist you're comfortable with and trust to coach you through the process.