My Approach to Helping
Every client with whom I work is so unique, and I strive to see and understand each person as fully as I can. I allow my clients to guide me with regard to pacing and work interactively to determine the best approach to helping each client over time. I am truly honored to do the work that I do, and hold my clients and their journeys in the highest esteem. I view my work as a therapist as providing a safe space for clients. I believe the therapeutic process is a collaborative journey of working with each client so that his/her/their goals can be achieved. I offer a mix of experience, intelligence, gentleness, and humor that allows my clients to feel comfortable and able to do this work with me.
More Info About My Practice
Night and weekend sessions available.
Private Pay / Out of Network only.
Office located in multi-purpose building allowing of anonymity.
Plenty of free parking available.
My Role as a Therapist
Many people wonder why someone would pay to talk to a therapist when they have family or friends who know and care about them. Therapists play a uniquely intimate, yet professional role in people's lives. Much as seeking help from physical health practitioners, mental health practitioners are able to provide expert guidance, solutions, and interventions. Plus, unlike friends and family (who have their own stake in the relationship), therapists are there entirely for your well-being, which allows us to more fully and objectively help meet your needs.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I have heard from many of my clients that they have had past negative experiences in therapy. I urge you you give therapy another try, and to really search for the therapist with whom you want to work. Use your past experience and understanding of the therapeutic process to guide your decision to find a therapist who can help catalyze meaningful positive change in your life while being there fully for you during the therapeutic process.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The importance of "fit" cannot be underestimated!
Do you feel emotionally safe with your therapist?
Do you feel understood?
Do you feel like your therapist hears what you are communicating, or do you feel like you are being put into a box that doesn't quite fit who you are?
All of these are really important questions, and can't be underestimated. If you don't feel like you're making positive and meaningful change or gaining insight as a result of going to therapy, or if you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or as if your needs are not being prioritized or met, you may not be seeing the right therapist for you. It's great to have a nice therapist, but does your therapist also provide interventions, solutions, or pose questions that allow for deeper change? All of these factors must be weighed in choosing a therapist. And remember, every person is different -- clients and therapists. If a therapist doesn't feel like the right "fit" for you, keep looking until you find one who does.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I think so much of the healing and growth that clients experience in therapy is due to a strong client-therapist alliance. The therapeutic process is a co-created journey with the goal of helping the client meet his/her needs. This is a relationship that forms and evolves over time, and is based on the deepest levels of respect and understanding. I continually work to bring the best of myself to the office in order to form honest, authentic relationships with my clients with the goal of helping them grow and heal.